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

Lilburn residents object to mosque expansion at city council meeting
 The expansion of Dar-E Abbas mosque’s parking lot in Lilburn has been approved since 2011, but now that the project is finally underway, some neighbors are objecting to city council, Channel 2 Action News reported. “I have no idea why this is happening because this plan was supposed to be started a long time ago,” said Wasi...

Posted: 7 hours ago

The expansion of Dar-E Abbas mosque’s parking lot in Lilburn has been approved since 2011, but now that the project is finally underway, some neighbors are objecting to city council, Channel 2 Action News reported. “I have no idea why this is happening because this plan was supposed to be started a long time ago,” said Wasi...
Cops: Man shoots ex-girlfriend in head at Gwinnett business
 A man showed up at his ex-girlfriend’s workplace Wednesday morning and shot her in the head, Suwanee police said. Nathanieo Pinkins, 30, was arrested the same afternoon, hours after allegedly shooting the woman at her job on Satellite Boulevard. The woman, who has not been identified by police, was transported to Gwinnett Medical Center...

Posted: 9 hours ago

A man showed up at his ex-girlfriend’s workplace Wednesday morning and shot her in the head, Suwanee police said. Nathanieo Pinkins, 30, was arrested the same afternoon, hours after allegedly shooting the woman at her job on Satellite Boulevard. The woman, who has not been identified by police, was transported to Gwinnett Medical Center...
Gwinnett woman robbed at gunpoint in front of her apartment, cops say
 A woman was sitting in her car outside her Duluth apartment on Nov. 8 when a man tapped on her window with a gun, Gwinnett County police say. The man demanded she hand over her belongings. After she handed over her purse, iPhone and wallet, the man took the keys out of the ignition, according to police. READ | New police K9 starting...

Posted: 11 hours ago

A woman was sitting in her car outside her Duluth apartment on Nov. 8 when a man tapped on her window with a gun, Gwinnett County police say. The man demanded she hand over her belongings. After she handed over her purse, iPhone and wallet, the man took the keys out of the ignition, according to police. READ | New police K9 starting...
Celebrate Native American heritage at Gwinnett festival
 Gwinnett County is holding its Native American Festival this weekend, celebrating tribes indigenous to Georgia. The first Native Americans were believed to be in Georgia more than 12,000 years ago, according to the New Georgia Encyclopedia. The festival will include a sample of those native peoples’ traditions, including Cherokee games...

Posted: 13 hours ago

Gwinnett County is holding its Native American Festival this weekend, celebrating tribes indigenous to Georgia. The first Native Americans were believed to be in Georgia more than 12,000 years ago, according to the New Georgia Encyclopedia. The festival will include a sample of those native peoples’ traditions, including Cherokee games...
New police K9 starting his job in Gwinnett
 There’s a new cop on patrol, and he’s extremely hairy with four legs. The Duluth Police Department is welcoming K9 Clodo, a 1-year-old German Shepherd, to the force. He and his partner, Officer B.K. Kang, have completed “lengthy training out-of-state,” and both officer and K9 are ready to hit the streets. READ...

Posted: a day ago

There’s a new cop on patrol, and he’s extremely hairy with four legs. The Duluth Police Department is welcoming K9 Clodo, a 1-year-old German Shepherd, to the force. He and his partner, Officer B.K. Kang, have completed “lengthy training out-of-state,” and both officer and K9 are ready to hit the streets. READ...
When to do Black Friday shopping at Mall of Georgia, Sugarloaf Mills 
 Time to plan your path to holiday shopping dominance: the Mall of Georgia and Sugarloaf Mills have announced their Black Friday weekend hours. The Mall of Georgia in Buford will open at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving and stay open through 1 a.m. It will reopen on Black Friday at 6 a.m. and stay open until 10 p.m. The mall will be open from 8...

Posted: a day ago

Time to plan your path to holiday shopping dominance: the Mall of Georgia and Sugarloaf Mills have announced their Black Friday weekend hours. The Mall of Georgia in Buford will open at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving and stay open through 1 a.m. It will reopen on Black Friday at 6 a.m. and stay open until 10 p.m. The mall will be open from 8...
Get free Chick-fil-A delivered to your door in metro Atlanta
 Now you don’t even have to leave the house to get your Chick-fil-A fix. The Atlanta-based chicken chain announced a new partnership with food delivery platform DoorDash on Tuesday. More than 1,100 locations across the country, including 57 in metro Atlanta, are participating, according to the company. READ | DeKalb gives 48 nonprofits...

Posted: a day ago

Now you don’t even have to leave the house to get your Chick-fil-A fix. The Atlanta-based chicken chain announced a new partnership with food delivery platform DoorDash on Tuesday. More than 1,100 locations across the country, including 57 in metro Atlanta, are participating, according to the company. READ | DeKalb gives 48 nonprofits...
Cops: $8,000 in koi, goldfish stolen from Gwinnett garden center
 Someone stole about $8,000 worth of koi and goldfish from a Lawrenceville garden center last week, Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta said. The fish were discovered missing from Randy’s Perennials and Water Gardens on Friday, Nov. 9, when early morning staff arrived, owner David Waters told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The theft is...

Posted: a day ago

Someone stole about $8,000 worth of koi and goldfish from a Lawrenceville garden center last week, Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta said. The fish were discovered missing from Randy’s Perennials and Water Gardens on Friday, Nov. 9, when early morning staff arrived, owner David Waters told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The theft is...
Gwinnett Aldi reopening after upgrades; win free produce for a year
 Aldi is reopening its Centerville Highway store in Snellville, and you could win free groceries if you show up for the celebration. The Aldi at 3340 Centerville Highway is opening on Thursday, Nov. 15 after undergoing renovations. The store’s upgrades include a new “emphasis on fresh, organic and easy-to-prepare options,&rdquo...

Posted: 2 days ago

Aldi is reopening its Centerville Highway store in Snellville, and you could win free groceries if you show up for the celebration. The Aldi at 3340 Centerville Highway is opening on Thursday, Nov. 15 after undergoing renovations. The store’s upgrades include a new “emphasis on fresh, organic and easy-to-prepare options,&rdquo...
Democrat Bourdeaux sues Gwinnett over rejected ballots in 7th District race
 The congressional campaign of Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux filed an emergency motion in federal court on Sunday evening seeking to delay Gwinnett County from certifying its election results in order to count a cache of absentee and provisional ballots that had previously been rejected.  The 7th District candidate effectively joined...

Posted: 3 days ago

The congressional campaign of Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux filed an emergency motion in federal court on Sunday evening seeking to delay Gwinnett County from certifying its election results in order to count a cache of absentee and provisional ballots that had previously been rejected.  The 7th District candidate effectively joined...
Gwinnett murder suspect indicted on 48 charges
 A Conyers man has been indicted on 38 charges tied to a series of home invasions between July 21 and Aug. 2 that ended in one man’s death, and 10 charges from another home invasion that allegedly occurred in May.  Terrence Darnell Lee, 32, is facing four dozen charges, including two counts of felony murder and 18 counts of aggravated...

Posted: 6 days ago

A Conyers man has been indicted on 38 charges tied to a series of home invasions between July 21 and Aug. 2 that ended in one man’s death, and 10 charges from another home invasion that allegedly occurred in May.  Terrence Darnell Lee, 32, is facing four dozen charges, including two counts of felony murder and 18 counts of aggravated...