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What’s in it for me? A closer look at Gwinnett’s (entire) transit plan
 Yes, Gwinnett’s transit plan — the comprehensive study meant to guide Georgia’s second-largest county well into the future — includes a bit of the heavy rail that’s long been a topic of conversation. And yes, the plan includes a key stretch of bus rapid transit near the bustling I-85 corridor. But officials...

Posted: 3 days ago

Yes, Gwinnett’s transit plan — the comprehensive study meant to guide Georgia’s second-largest county well into the future — includes a bit of the heavy rail that’s long been a topic of conversation. And yes, the plan includes a key stretch of bus rapid transit near the bustling I-85 corridor. But officials...
A look at the Gwinnett County Comprehensive Transit Plan
The Gwinnett County Comprehensive Transit Plan, which is yet to be finalized, includes short-, medium- and long-term options for expanding transit offerings in the county.

Posted: 3 days ago

The Gwinnett County Comprehensive Transit Plan, which is yet to be finalized, includes short-, medium- and long-term options for expanding transit offerings in the county.
Chinese manufacturer plans $15M Walton County facility
 Gov. Nathan Deal announced Friday a Chinese plastics manufacturer’s plans to build a large new  facility in Social Circle. The announcement comes about six weeks after official confirmation that social media giant Facebook is planning to build a sprawling new data center in the Walton County town about 40 miles east of Atlanta...

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Gov. Nathan Deal announced Friday a Chinese plastics manufacturer’s plans to build a large new facility in Social Circle. The announcement comes about six weeks after official confirmation that social media giant Facebook is planning to build a sprawling new data center in the Walton County town about 40 miles east of Atlanta...
Check out the billion-dollar trail network Gwinnett wants to build
 Gwinnett officials have adopted the master plan they hope will guide the creation of a 320-mile, $1 billion trail network throughout the county. The plan, which was approved Tuesday by the county commission, includes nine signature trails that officials hope will be built in the coming years (and decades). Those signature trails include:...

Posted: 5 days ago

Gwinnett officials have adopted the master plan they hope will guide the creation of a 320-mile, $1 billion trail network throughout the county. The plan, which was approved Tuesday by the county commission, includes nine signature trails that officials hope will be built in the coming years (and decades). Those signature trails include:...
Gwinnett approves deal to treat sewage from city of Buford
 Gwinnett County approved Tuesday a deal that would allow it to treat up to a million gallons a day of the city of Buford’s sewage. Buford would pay the county $1.375 million per year for the privilege, officials said.  The intergovernmental agreement approved Tuesday by  Gwinnett’s Board of Commissioners would allow...

Posted: 5 days ago

Gwinnett County approved Tuesday a deal that would allow it to treat up to a million gallons a day of the city of Buford’s sewage. Buford would pay the county $1.375 million per year for the privilege, officials said.  The intergovernmental agreement approved Tuesday by  Gwinnett’s Board of Commissioners would allow...
Gwinnett candidate explains federal tax liens claiming he owes $200K
 The Internal Revenue Service filed tax liens four years ago against a local attorney who is running for state court judge in Gwinnett County, accusing him of owing more than $200,000 to the government. The attorney, Lance Tyler, says the actual number is much, much less — and that the liens filed against him and his wife were a mistake...

Posted: 6 days ago

The Internal Revenue Service filed tax liens four years ago against a local attorney who is running for state court judge in Gwinnett County, accusing him of owing more than $200,000 to the government. The attorney, Lance Tyler, says the actual number is much, much less — and that the liens filed against him and his wife were a mistake...
Atlanta ‘failure to appear’ court back open for first time since hack
 UPDATE, published April 20, 2018: Atlanta Municipal Court announced on social media Friday that walk-in failure to appear court was functional for the first time since the cyberattack.  The court operates on a first come, first served basis and those wishing to be heard should arrive at court by 7 a.m. each day.  ORIGINAL STORY...

Posted: 8 days ago

UPDATE, published April 20, 2018: Atlanta Municipal Court announced on social media Friday that walk-in failure to appear court was functional for the first time since the cyberattack.  The court operates on a first come, first served basis and those wishing to be heard should arrive at court by 7 a.m. each day.  ORIGINAL STORY...
Gwinnett transit plan now includes rail. Here’s how you can weigh in.
 The folks from Gwinnett County are wrapping up the creation of their comprehensive transit plan — a more-than-year-long study that, among many other things, includes a proposal to extend heavy rail from the Doraville MARTA station to the Norcross area.  Before the plan is completed, the county will be collecting one more round...

Posted: 10 days ago

The folks from Gwinnett County are wrapping up the creation of their comprehensive transit plan — a more-than-year-long study that, among many other things, includes a proposal to extend heavy rail from the Doraville MARTA station to the Norcross area.  Before the plan is completed, the county will be collecting one more round...
Gwinnett’s transit plans now include running heavy rail into county
 Gwinnett County’s long-range plans for transit expansion include a bit of heavy rail after all. Officials said Thursday afternoon that the county’s comprehensive transit plan — the near-finished version of which will be revealed in a new round of public meetings that begins Saturday — will include the recommendation...

Posted: 11 days ago

Gwinnett County’s long-range plans for transit expansion include a bit of heavy rail after all. Officials said Thursday afternoon that the county’s comprehensive transit plan — the near-finished version of which will be revealed in a new round of public meetings that begins Saturday — will include the recommendation...
Gwinnett transit plan includes heavy rail connection to Doraville 
 As it turns out, Gwinnett County’s long-range plans for transit expansion actually do include some heavy rail. Officials said Thursday afternoon that the county’s comprehensive transit plan — the near-finished version of which will be revealed in a new round of public meetings that begins Saturday — will include the...

Posted: 11 days ago

As it turns out, Gwinnett County’s long-range plans for transit expansion actually do include some heavy rail. Officials said Thursday afternoon that the county’s comprehensive transit plan — the near-finished version of which will be revealed in a new round of public meetings that begins Saturday — will include the...
At one Atlanta court, thousands still feeling the sting of cyberattack
 Every day for two weeks, David Evans woke up at 5 a.m. His fiancee drove him from Fairburn to the College Park MARTA station, where he caught the train into Atlanta. He walked to Atlanta Municipal Court and sat down. He waited until 7 a.m., and he got the bad news again. Thanks to the still-lingering effects of the cyberattack on the...

Posted: 11 days ago

Every day for two weeks, David Evans woke up at 5 a.m. His fiancee drove him from Fairburn to the College Park MARTA station, where he caught the train into Atlanta. He walked to Atlanta Municipal Court and sat down. He waited until 7 a.m., and he got the bad news again. Thanks to the still-lingering effects of the cyberattack on the...
Ex-Gwinnett cops charged in traffic stop beating waive arraignment
 The ex-Gwinnett police officers charged in connection with a 2017 traffic stop beating have waived their arraignments, court officials confirmed Wednesday.  Former Sgt. Michael Bongiovanni and former Master Officer Robert McDonald had been scheduled to be arraigned Friday morning, almost exactly a year after the controversial traffic...

Posted: 12 days ago

The ex-Gwinnett police officers charged in connection with a 2017 traffic stop beating have waived their arraignments, court officials confirmed Wednesday.  Former Sgt. Michael Bongiovanni and former Master Officer Robert McDonald had been scheduled to be arraigned Friday morning, almost exactly a year after the controversial traffic...
Heads up, Gwinnett: Your property assessments are in the mail
 Your 2018 property assessments are in the mail, Gwinnett, so monitor those mailboxes. But remember: assessments are not tax bills. Gwinnett officials said the county’s board of assessors mailed about 280,000  assessments to local home and business owners on Friday. The notices include the estimated value of residents’ taxable...

Posted: 17 days ago

Your 2018 property assessments are in the mail, Gwinnett, so monitor those mailboxes. But remember: assessments are not tax bills. Gwinnett officials said the county’s board of assessors mailed about 280,000 assessments to local home and business owners on Friday. The notices include the estimated value of residents’ taxable...
Arraignment set for ex-Gwinnett cops charged in traffic stop beating
 The now-former Gwinnett County police officers charged with assaulting a motorist during a 2017 traffic stop are scheduled to be in court next week.  Former Sgt. Michael Bongiovanni and former Master Officer Robert McDonald are scheduled to be arraigned in front of Superior Court Judge Warren Davis on Friday, April 13. During an...

Posted: 18 days ago

The now-former Gwinnett County police officers charged with assaulting a motorist during a 2017 traffic stop are scheduled to be in court next week.  Former Sgt. Michael Bongiovanni and former Master Officer Robert McDonald are scheduled to be arraigned in front of Superior Court Judge Warren Davis on Friday, April 13. During an...
Proposed 350-home subdivision draws big opposition in ‘rural Gwinnett’
 It’s not that easy to find a truly rural pocket of Gwinnett County these days — but if there’s one anywhere, it’s here. In this southeast corner of Georgia’s second most populous county, there are subdivisions and other signs of typical suburban life. But they’re fewer and farther between than in other...

Posted: 18 days ago

It’s not that easy to find a truly rural pocket of Gwinnett County these days — but if there’s one anywhere, it’s here. In this southeast corner of Georgia’s second most populous county, there are subdivisions and other signs of typical suburban life. But they’re fewer and farther between than in other...
Does it really matter when Gwinnett holds its transit referendum?
 In the end, semantics may be the only real difference in the two options that Gwinnett County now has for a future referendum on transit. If Gwinnett opts to hold its transit referendum in November, residents would be voting on joining MARTA, the often maligned service that’s been operating for nearly 40 years. If Gwinnett opts...

Posted: 19 days ago

In the end, semantics may be the only real difference in the two options that Gwinnett County now has for a future referendum on transit. If Gwinnett opts to hold its transit referendum in November, residents would be voting on joining MARTA, the often maligned service that’s been operating for nearly 40 years. If Gwinnett opts...
Gwinnett still needs more Spanish-speaking poll workers
 Gwinnett County has made a dent in its ambitious goal to hire 350  Spanish-speaking poll workers for the upcoming election season — but it still needs more.  To try and close the gap, it will be hosting two more  hiring events this month. The first will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. April 10 at the Shorty Howell Park Activity Building...

Posted: 21 days ago

Gwinnett County has made a dent in its ambitious goal to hire 350  Spanish-speaking poll workers for the upcoming election season — but it still needs more.  To try and close the gap, it will be hosting two more hiring events this month. The first will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. April 10 at the Shorty Howell Park Activity Building...
Clearer timeline released for $200M downtown Lawrenceville megaproject
 A clearer timeline for the construction of a $200 million megaproject near downtown Lawrenceville has emerged.  City of Lawrenceville spokesman Lisa Sherman told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that demolition work to pave the way for the so-called South Lawn project — which will include retail and greenspace in addition to more...

Posted: 21 days ago

A clearer timeline for the construction of a $200 million megaproject near downtown Lawrenceville has emerged.  City of Lawrenceville spokesman Lisa Sherman told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that demolition work to pave the way for the so-called South Lawn project — which will include retail and greenspace in addition to more...
MARTA not the only option for Gwinnett under regional transit bill
 Under the regional transit bill that earned final passage through Georgia’s General Assembly late Thursday, Gwinnett County could hold a November referendum on joining MARTA.  That’s the only option this fall, but others also loom in the not-too-distant future — and that’s what Gwinnett Commission Chairman...

Posted: 24 days ago

Under the regional transit bill that earned final passage through Georgia’s General Assembly late Thursday, Gwinnett County could hold a November referendum on joining MARTA.  That’s the only option this fall, but others also loom in the not-too-distant future — and that’s what Gwinnett Commission Chairman...
Attorney: Gwinnett has spent more than $1M fighting voting rights suit
 The federal voting rights lawsuit challenging the way Gwinnett’s commission and school board districts are drawn isn’t particularly close to being resolved – and the county has already spent somewhere north of $1 million to defend the case in court. In a status conference with Judge Amy Totenberg earlier this month...

Posted: 26 days ago

The federal voting rights lawsuit challenging the way Gwinnett’s commission and school board districts are drawn isn’t particularly close to being resolved – and the county has already spent somewhere north of $1 million to defend the case in court. In a status conference with Judge Amy Totenberg earlier this month...
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