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 roofing scammer pleads guilty, gets 10 years probation
 A man who scammed Gwinnett County homeowners by claiming to be a roof repairman has pleaded guilty to two theft charges, Gwinnett County documents show.  Richard Scott King had been charged with eight counts of theft by deception, two counts of exploiting a disabled or elderly person and one count of deposit account fraud, jail records...

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A man who scammed Gwinnett County homeowners by claiming to be a roof repairman has pleaded guilty to two theft charges, Gwinnett County documents show.  Richard Scott King had been charged with eight counts of theft by deception, two counts of exploiting a disabled or elderly person and one count of deposit account fraud, jail records...
Gwinnett breaks ground on new police precinct, 911 center
 Gwinnett County broke ground on a new police precinct and 911 center Tuesday. The precinct, on Ozora Road in Loganville, will be the police department’s sixth. Dubbed the Bay Creek Police Precinct, it will serve “one of the fastest-growing areas in Gwinnett County,” according to a press release. The new precinct is...

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Gwinnett County broke ground on a new police precinct and 911 center Tuesday. The precinct, on Ozora Road in Loganville, will be the police department’s sixth. Dubbed the Bay Creek Police Precinct, it will serve “one of the fastest-growing areas in Gwinnett County,” according to a press release. The new precinct is...
How to early vote for midterm elections in Gwinnett County
 You don’t need to wait until Nov. 6 to cast your ballot for Georgia governor or any of the other offices up for election in the 2018 midterms. Gwinnett County offers multiple early voting locations starting Oct. 15. The main location for early voting is the Gwinnett County Board of Voter Registrations and Elections Office at 455 Grayson...

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You don’t need to wait until Nov. 6 to cast your ballot for Georgia governor or any of the other offices up for election in the 2018 midterms. Gwinnett County offers multiple early voting locations starting Oct. 15. The main location for early voting is the Gwinnett County Board of Voter Registrations and Elections Office at 455 Grayson...
New BBQ restaurant on Lawrenceville square opens this week
 Lawrenceville’s newest barbecue restaurant is about to open downtown. Foggy Bottom BBQ’s location on Lawrenceville’s downtown square will start serving customers at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20. This is the restaurant’s second location; the original Foggy Bottom BBQ has been open in Loganville since 2012.  The...

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Lawrenceville’s newest barbecue restaurant is about to open downtown. Foggy Bottom BBQ’s location on Lawrenceville’s downtown square will start serving customers at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20. This is the restaurant’s second location; the original Foggy Bottom BBQ has been open in Loganville since 2012.  The...
Rabid raccoon found in Gwinnett County park
 A rabid raccoon was found at Graves Park in Norcross on Sept. 14, Gwinnett County officials said. Park workers saw the raccoon “acting in a strange manner” Friday afternoon, according to a county release. They were able to “contain” the raccoon until workers from the Department of Animal Welfare and Enforcement...

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A rabid raccoon was found at Graves Park in Norcross on Sept. 14, Gwinnett County officials said. Park workers saw the raccoon “acting in a strange manner” Friday afternoon, according to a county release. They were able to “contain” the raccoon until workers from the Department of Animal Welfare and Enforcement...
Get free Uber rides to and from downtown Duluth on Thursdays
 Headed to downtown Duluth for a Thursday night out? You can get a free Uber ride there and back. The ridesharing app and Duluth’s Downtown Development Authority are partnering to offer free rides to and from the city’s downtown Thursdays from Sept. 20 to Nov. 8. The rides must be valued at $25 or less. READ | Mall of Georgia hosting...

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Headed to downtown Duluth for a Thursday night out? You can get a free Uber ride there and back. The ridesharing app and Duluth’s Downtown Development Authority are partnering to offer free rides to and from the city’s downtown Thursdays from Sept. 20 to Nov. 8. The rides must be valued at $25 or less. READ | Mall of Georgia hosting...
Gwinnett Firehouse Subs fails health inspection
 A Firehouse Subs in Lawrenceville failed its latest health inspection, Gwinnett County records show. The sandwich shop on Sugarloaf Highway earned a 42/U on the Sept. 15 inspection, dropping from the score of 73/C, which it earned just two days earlier. A health inspector noted multiple sanitation and food storage violations. READ | ...

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A Firehouse Subs in Lawrenceville failed its latest health inspection, Gwinnett County records show. The sandwich shop on Sugarloaf Highway earned a 42/U on the Sept. 15 inspection, dropping from the score of 73/C, which it earned just two days earlier. A health inspector noted multiple sanitation and food storage violations. READ | ...
Hurricane Florence evacuees take shelter from storm in metro Atlanta 
 As Hurricane Florence hits the coasts of North and South Carolina, some are taking shelter in metro Atlanta, but it’s difficult to gauge just how many have sought refuge here. Evacuees flocked to Atlanta during Hurricane Irma in 2017, in part because the hurricane was impacting an area stretching from central Florida to south Georgia...

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As Hurricane Florence hits the coasts of North and South Carolina, some are taking shelter in metro Atlanta, but it’s difficult to gauge just how many have sought refuge here. Evacuees flocked to Atlanta during Hurricane Irma in 2017, in part because the hurricane was impacting an area stretching from central Florida to south Georgia...
Gwinnett Animal Shelter taking in dogs displaced by Hurricane Florence
 The Gwinnett County Animal Shelter is coming to the rescue of 24 South Carolina dogs displaced by Hurricane Florence. The dogs were at an animal shelter in Dillon, South Carolina, a small town about 65 miles from the coast. Because of mandatory evacuation orders, the dogs needed to find a new place to stay, and the Gwinnett County Animal...

Posted: 4 days ago

The Gwinnett County Animal Shelter is coming to the rescue of 24 South Carolina dogs displaced by Hurricane Florence. The dogs were at an animal shelter in Dillon, South Carolina, a small town about 65 miles from the coast. Because of mandatory evacuation orders, the dogs needed to find a new place to stay, and the Gwinnett County Animal...
New ‘pizza theater’ open inside Gwinnett Domino’s restaurant
 Grab some popcorn, the pizza theater is open in Suwanee. A new Domino’s store has opened on Suwanee Dam Road, and it features the new “theater” — an “open-air viewing” of pizzas being made before they reach the hands of hungry customers. A pizza theater was also included in a recently...

Posted: 4 days ago

Grab some popcorn, the pizza theater is open in Suwanee. A new Domino’s store has opened on Suwanee Dam Road, and it features the new “theater” — an “open-air viewing” of pizzas being made before they reach the hands of hungry customers. A pizza theater was also included in a recently...
Gwinnett Schlotzsky’s fails health inspection
 A Schlotzsky’s Austin Eatery in Duluth has failed its latest health inspection, records show. The Atlanta-headquartered sandwich shop earned a 62/U on the Sept. 10 inspection. Its last two inspections were rated a 90/A and a 100/A.  READ | Gwinnett Panda Express fails health inspection There was food on a dicer and utensil...

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A Schlotzsky’s Austin Eatery in Duluth has failed its latest health inspection, records show. The Atlanta-headquartered sandwich shop earned a 62/U on the Sept. 10 inspection. Its last two inspections were rated a 90/A and a 100/A.  READ | Gwinnett Panda Express fails health inspection There was food on a dicer and utensil...