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Gwinnett Daily Post Podcast
Gwinnett leaders participate in remembrance of spa shootings

Gwinnett Daily Post Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 21, 2023 31:29


Gwinnett County legislators, District Attorney Patsy Austin-Gatson and U.S. Rep. Lucy McBath participated in a remembrance marking the two-year anniversary of two shootings that shook the local Asian-American community. The shootings happened on March 16, 2021 at two Asian-owned spas in metro Atlanta, one in Atlanta and another in Cherokee County, and resulted in the deaths of eight people. Many people have labeled the shootings as racially-motivated hate crimes because most of the victims were Asian-Americans. The anniversary brought pledges from elected officials to tackle hate crimes and gun violence. US Representative Lucy McBath, said supporters of gun control legislation must rededicate themselves to fighting for laws to be passed address gun violence. She highlighted the passage, last year, of the Safer Communities Act in Congress. Gun control is something which has been a signature issue for the congresswoman, who lost her son to gun violence more than decade ago. It is becoming harder for frontline workers — such as police officers, firefighters, nurses and school teachers — who work in Gwinnett County to also live in the county, according to the head of the Atlanta Regional Commission's Board of Directors. ARC Board Chairman Kerry Armstrong said housing is a major issue facing Gwinnett County, and the Atlanta region as a whole, as he addressed the Gwinnett Chamber this week. Armstrong said there are a number of issues that face the metro Atlanta region, including transportation, resiliency in areas such as water, homeland security, infrastructure and equal access to opportunity remain challenges the area has to continually address. But, he added that a lack of affordable housing is an issue that can threaten the region's sustainability if it not addressed, particularly with metro Atlanta's population expected to grow by 1.8 million people — the equivalent of metro Nashville's entire current population — by 2050. The ARC set up the Metro Atlanta Housing Strategy a few years back in an effort to address the housing affordability issue on a regional scale. The strategy is designed to provide local government officials with information about their housing situation, and to show them potential solutions that can be used to address affordability issues. Gwinnett County Police Department officials say violent crime was down in 2022, but they are taking steps to further reduce it by taking a new approach to tackle crimes that involve guns. The department has created a new Gun Crimes Unit that will use technology and data, as well as intelligence gathered by investigators, to connect the guns used during crimes to criminals. The new unit, which currently has two investigators, was launched on February 1. The Gun Crimes Unit is one step the police department announced it is taking to address violent crimes and solve them. Uniform officers are receiving new training on collecting shell casings from crime scenes and they will work more closely with the department's Gang Unit to investigate gun thefts, illegal possession and illegal sales cases. The police department already has some data that sheds light on crimes that involve guns. One such fact that they are highlighting is that 91% of guns which are stolen in Gwinnett County are taken from a vehicle. That has led to the department's Community Affairs Section offering firearm safety and security classes, which are available to all Gwinnett residents. The department is also offering residents free gun locks which can be picked up at the GCPD headquarters as well as all of its precincts.  As a youngster racing Bandolero and Legends cars on Atlanta Motor Speedway, Joey Logano won many races, but as a NASCAR Cup Series driver he never got to victory lane at AMS. Until Sunday. Logano started from the pole, dominated the first two stages, and led a race-high 140 laps, but it all came down the last lap. Logano and Brad Keselowski battled the last several laps with Keselowski running the outside line in first and Logano running in second place on the bottom. On the final lap, Logano was able to take the lead and cross the finish line in first. Logano said with all the memories of him and his dad racing at AMS, getting the win was his career coming “full circle.” Registration is open for the 2023 Gwinnett Football League season for both youth football players and cheerleaders. The GFL, which feeds Gwinnett County's high school programs, features member associations at school clusters around the county. Age groups range from 6- and 7-year-olds up to eighth grade. For details and registration forms, go to gflsports.com under the Parents tab/page. Each cluster school association's page will have complete registration details and can be accessed from the main GFL page. Becca Wilson had a gut feeling that, after her son, Caiden, was hit in the head with a baseball before a game in April 2022, that his injury might be worse than it initially appeared. Caiden, who plays for North Gwinnett High School's baseball team, was knocked unconscious after the ball hit him during batting practice before a game against Loganville High School. He had been loading balls into the pitching machine and couldn't get behind a protective screen in time before a teammate hit a line drive up the middle. Caiden regained consciousness pretty quickly, but had bruises and was repeating himself, so his mother took him to the hospital. That mother's intuition turned out to be right. Caiden had suffered a concussion, temporal bone fracture, traumatic epidural hematoma, nasal bone fractures, uncial herniation, and a subarachnoid hemorrhage. While he was getting a CAT scan in the hospital's emergency department, his condition began to deteriorate, which doctors refer to as decompensating, and he fell into a coma. Doctors immediately took him into surgery to remove a clot and relieve pressure on his brain. Caiden quickly recovered and is back as the starting third baseman for the Bulldogs, just 10 months after his injury. Caiden said his recovery was tough at first, but the prospect of being an athlete again, and getting back to baseball, drove him to get better. For more information be sure to visit www.bgpodcastnetwork.com   https://www.lawrencevillega.org/  https://www.foxtheatre.org/  https://guideinc.org/  https://www.psponline.com/  https://www.kiamallofga.com/  https://www.milb.com/gwinnett  https://www.fernbankmuseum.org/  www.atlantagladiators.com      See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Gwinnett Daily Post Podcast
Gwinnett prepares to celebrate St. Patrick's Day

Gwinnett Daily Post Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 17, 2023 21:46


Break out the green top hats, wigs, feathered boas, sunglasses, shamrock-themed T-shirts, and whatever else helps you get in touch with your Irish spirit because there are going to be some St. Patrick's Day parties happening in Gwinnett County this weekend. There are six main St. Patrick's events taking place between Friday — which is the actual St. Patrick's Day — and Saturday. Two of them are in Lawrenceville, two more will happen in Suwanee and the others are in Norcross and Lilburn. Cosmo's Pizza + Social is kicking things off on today with the Cosmo's St. Paddy's Party, which will begin at 4 p.m. The event will include outdoor patio games, live music, a DJ, green beer, festive drinks, prizes and giveaways, as well as Irish food specials, such as corned beef and cabbage. Cosmo's is located at 144 Crogan St. in Lawrenceville. On Saturday, there will be events taking place in Lawrenceville, Norcross, Lilburn and Suwanee. The Suwanee Kiwanis Club will hold its annual Shamrock 5K at Suwanee Town Center Park at 8 a.m. on Saturday. The race, which raises money for the Kiwanis Club, is St. Patrick's themed. Runners are encouraged to run while wearing the most St. Patrick's-inspired outfit they can come up with. Runners have until 9 a.m. on today to sign up. Norcross will hold its annual Irish Fest from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. in historic downtown Norcross. The event will include music, dancing, face painting, a balloon artist, food tastings and other Irish-inspired activities. Attendees are also encouraged to visit downtown Norcross' shops and restaurants for specials throughout the day. One of the biggest St. Patrick's traditions in Gwinnett is the annual Suwanee Beer Fest, where attendees are encouraged to show up decked out in green to enjoy a broad array of craft beers. This year's event will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday and last until 5 p.m., at Suwanee Town Center Park, which is located at 330 Town Center Avenue in Suwanee. This year's event will include 350 different beers, as well as food, entertainment and vendors. Tickets cost $70 on the day of the event, but can be purchased in advance at suwaneebeerfest.com. Meanwhile, the annual Lilburchaun St. Patrick's Celebration in Lilburn will take place from 2 until 5 p.m. at City Park, which is located at 76 Main St. The event will include a walking parade, which begins at the band shell at 3 p.m., a DJ, the Athens Piper and Leprechaun Fiddler, kids activities, green sweet treats, food trucks and “maybe even a little leprechaun magic, according to city officials. Parade attendees are asked to dress up in festive St. Patrick's-inspired attire for the parade. Pets, bicycles, wagons and strollers are allowed in the parade. And, McCray's Tavern on the Square in Lawrenceville will host St. Patty's on Perry from 3 until 8 p.m., on the block of Perry Street located between Crogan and Pike Streets. The event will include live music, bangers and mash, corned beef and cabbage, Shepherd's Pie, and cold beer. An afterparty will be held at McCray's. The Salvation Army of Gwinnett County hosted the 9th Annual “Doing The Most Good” Luncheon on March 7 at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta NE located in Norcross. The luncheon supports year-round services provided by The Salvation Army such as housing, utilities, groceries, and emergency disaster services, to local families in Gwinnett County. In addition, local youth are served all year long through a free year-round School for Performing Arts, summer camp and by offering school supplies to those who need them. In 2022, The Salvation Army of Gwinnett County provided 60,843 pounds of food to 1,018 households, 2,717 nights of shelter, 267 households received rent/mortgage and utility assistance and 566 families/1,464 children received gifts at Christmas through its Angel Tree program. Guests enjoyed a live and silent auction, a seated lunch, and heard from keynote speakers Chad Gundersen and Chris Juen, the executive producers of the hit series “The Chosen,” about what inspired them to make the show and how The Salvation Army camp in Texas turned out to the be the perfect location for filming. This year's presenting sponsors are Metro Waterproofing, Inc. and Sandra and Clyde Strickland. For more information about The Salvation Army of Gwinnett County, and its local impact, visit Gwinnett County Corps salvationarmyatlanta.org. The City of Norcross recently announced that it has awarded $65,000 in American Rescue Plan Act Small Business Grants to six local small businesses. Three years after the COVID-19 global pandemic began, aftershocks are still being felt by many small business owners, Norcross officials said. With award amounts based on 2019 annual revenues, this year's ARPA Small Business Grant recipients include:  CNU Medical Institute  Kiian Silver  The Local Peach Silky Corp DBA Ladlee And HNS Logistics  To qualify, small business grant applicants must represent a domestic corporation in good standing in the state of Georgia, have an active Norcross business license, have experienced an annual revenue decline of 25% or more for tax years 2019 and 2020 because of COVID-19, and either operate a commercial operation within Norcross city limits with 1-10 full-time employees or a home-based operation within Norcross city limits with 2-10 full-time employees. ARPA grants may be used to pay rent, lease, or mortgage costs; utility bills; payroll; business-related insurance; inventory expenses; and other operating expenses. Georgia Gwinnett College will host its final in-person Preview Day for the spring semester from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on March 25. Prospective students will hear from members of the Grizzly family about programs of study, admissions, financial aid, student housing and more. Participants will be able to tour GGC's campus and talk to student ambassadors about their experiences at GGC. The event will include food, music and fun giveaways. GGC team members will host selected breakout sessions in Spanish. GGC application fees will be waived in March. You can register for Preview Day at ggc.edu/preview. The Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia will host its Nonprofit Academy: Starting Point on March 23. Community Foundation officials said the intensive, half-day of learning and networking for nonprofits will be the “starting point” for the rest of the Nonprofit Academy 2023's events. Held from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Gas South District Convention Center, the event costs $150 for general attendees. Participants can choose to attend four tracks with two sessions within each track, plus a special panel Q&A open to all attendees for a total of eight session options. The four tracks are fundraising, leadership development, storytelling and organizational development. Session topics include: Capitol Campaigns Gen XYZ Giving The Five Voices: Shared Motivation and Communication Skills, Parts One and Two 2023 Nonprofit Marketing Trends What Nonprofits Can Learn from For-profit Marketing Fostering a Positive Work Culture Self Care and Your Mental Health For a full list of speakers and topics and to register, go to cfneg.org/nonprofitacademy.  A Florida-based Tex-Mex restaurant chain is preparing to expand into Georgia with locations in Peachtree Corners and Johns Creek that are set to open this spring. Capital Tacos announced the locations will be its first restaurants in the state of Georgia. The Johns Creek location will open first, in April, with the Peachtree Corners location expected to open “soon after,” according to officials with the dining chain. Capital Tacos was launched in 2013, and features scratch-made dishes using high quality in-house ingredients. The new locations will feature an “Atlanta-inspired” menu item, the Lemon Pepper Wet Taco, which includes fried shrimp coated in garlic butter and topped with a signature creamy slaw, grilled onions, buffalo ranch and a lemon pepper seasoning mix. Customers can download Capital Tacos' Capital Rewards app or sign up at CapitalTacos.com to order online, be eligible to earn and use rewards, and take advantage of exclusive offers. For more information be sure to visit www.bgpodcastnetwork.com   https://www.lawrencevillega.org/  https://www.foxtheatre.org/  https://guideinc.org/  https://www.psponline.com/  https://www.kiamallofga.com/  https://www.milb.com/gwinnett  https://www.fernbankmuseum.org/  www.atlantagladiators.com    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Good Morning Gwinnett Podcast
Sex Ed Change Or No Sex Ed Change, That Is the Question

Good Morning Gwinnett Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 16, 2023 60:08


https://www.GoodMorningGwinnett.com Listen to the show Monday-Thursday at 10am. Learn all about people and places around Gwinnett County. Hey if you're enjoying the show, horoscope & morning inspiration, help me keep up the good feelings by buying me a cup of coffee. Just click the link below. https://www.buymeacoffee.com/AudreyBK_________________________________________________Superintendent Woods sent the following. Here is what we sent to the Gwinnett School System:March 14, 2023Superintendent Dr. Calvin Watts and Members of the Gwinnett County Board of Education:Recently, Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) announced that the district was exploring the option of adopting a new health education curriculum, including an embedded new sex education program.In district communications with the public, it was stated that this move was designed to better align with the new Health Education standards adopted by the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE). This public statement coupled with concerns expressed to me by local citizens encouraged the engagement of my office in this process.I greatly appreciate the willingness of your school district to provide GaDOE with both your current sex education program and the proposed curriculum. Upon review, the following has been determined:1. A comprehensive crosswalk has not been provided for all lessons/topics in the proposed curriculum aligned with the state-approved standards. Upon an initial review, there is content in the proposed curriculum that is not included in our state standards.2. The proposed curriculum expands instruction within grades K-5. State law only requires age-appropriate sexual abuse and assault awareness and prevention in these grades. The proposed curriculum seems to go above this requirement, and it appears local public feedback does not support expansion into this grade band.3. The proposed curriculum does contain content specifically labeled to CASEL standards, which are not recognized or adopted by the Georgia Department of Education or State Board of Education and are not part of the state- approved standards for health education in Georgia.4. Regarding the instruction of sex education, Gwinnett's current curriculum presents itself to be better aligned with the emphasis on abstinence in accordance with state standards and law, as well as State Board of Education board rule.I understand that the Gwinnett County Board of Education is scheduled to discuss the proposed adoption at its board meeting on Thursday. I respectfully request that the board delay adoption to give the district time to ensure compliance in the proposed curriculum with state law, standards, and board rule.I share your commitment to the health and wellness of our children. In that pursuit, it is essential that state standards and guidelines are adhered to and that public institutions are responsive to public feedback and input they receive. Overwhelming local input supports my call to pause and re-evaluate adoption. Simply stating “parents can always opt out” needlessly puts Gwinnett families and parents in a zero-sum situation.I appreciate your attention to this matter and your support for the children and families of Gwinnett County. Respectfully,Richard Woods, State School Superintendent

Good Morning Gwinnett Podcast
Small Businesses In Norcross Receives $10,000-$15,000 Grants

Good Morning Gwinnett Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 15, 2023 37:27


https://www.GoodMorningGwinnett.com Listen to the show Monday-Thursday at 10am. Learn all about people and places around Gwinnett County. Hey if you're enjoying the show, horoscope & morning inspiration, help me keep up the good feelings by buying me a cup of coffee. Just click the link below. https://www.buymeacoffee.com/AudreyBK_______________________________________________The City of Norcross is thrilled to announce the recipients of the ARPA Small Business Grants!Congratulations to all the deserving small businesses that have been awarded grants ranging from $10,000 to $15,000. Your hard work, dedication, and perseverance have paid off in the face of unprecedented challenges, and we are proud to support you in continuing to thrive and grow.Your commitment to providing top-notch goods and services, creating jobs, and contributing to your communities is an inspiration to us all. The future looks bright for small businesses, and we can't wait to see what you accomplish next!For more information on the recipients, visit https://www.norcrossga.net/2282/ARPA-Small-Business-Grant-Recipients

Gwinnett Daily Post Podcast
Police are asking for help finding missing woman Selena Garcia

Gwinnett Daily Post Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 15, 2023 18:40


Gwinnett County police are calling for information on what happened to a Hispanic woman who disappeared after going out with friends last fall. Police issued a call for information on he whereabouts of Selena Garcia on Monday. Garcia's family last heard from her on October 7, her sister Zaira Garcia told the Daily Post last week. The 25-year-old told her sister she was going out with friends. Her family has not heard from her since then. Her sister said a message she sent a few days later was marked read, but never responded to. The police department's call for information in the Selena Garcia disappearance came days after Crime Stoppers of Greater Atlanta issued its own call for information on her last Friday. Garcia was reported missing from her home on Dickens Terrace in Lilburn, and police said she is known to frequent the Lilburn, Norcross and Buford areas. She is described as being 5-feet, 4-inches tall and weighing 160 pounds, with brown eyes, straight brown hair and multiple tattoos. Her tattoos include a "503" across her fingers on her right hand, "Maria" on the outside of her wrist and a dark green marijuana plant on the top of her hand. Selena Garcia had been released from the Gwinnett County Jail the day before her family last heard from her. She had been arrested last July on charges of tampering with evidence, criminal trespass for unlawful purposes, and giving a false name, address or birthdate to a law enforcement officer. Anyone who has information about Selena Garcia's whereabouts is asked to call detectives or crime stoppers. Twenty-five people named in a 210-count indictment — for crimes ranging from racketeering to murder, gang activity and armed robbery — have been arrested by multiple law enforcement agencies, including agencies from Gwinnett County. Gwinnett County police announced their Gang Unit worked with the Gwinnett Sheriff's Office Fugitive Unit, the Gwinnett County District Attorney's Office, the FBI, the U.S. Marshals Service, the DeKalb County Police Department, the Fulton County district Attorney's Office and the DeKalb County District Attorney's Office to make the arrests. There were 26 suspects named in the indictment, and one of them, 22-year-old Decatur resident Khari "RX Yano" Kelley, remains at large. The arrests or the 25 other suspects named in the indictment, however, came after a year-long investigation by the Gwinnett Police Gang Unit. In August 2021, multiple shooting cases along Boggs Road in Duluth led investigators to discover ongoing violence between 'Blixtz' gang and '56 Gang. On August 29, 2021, '56 Gang' members shot and killed 18-year-old Jeremiah Pretto (an 18-year-old male from Duluth). The case evolved into a RICO investigation against the "56 Gang" in December 2021 as several members were charged with violent cases. Investigators also discovered the '56 Gang' was working with the 'Drug Rich' gang as cases began to emerge where members of both gangs were accused or committing crimes began to emerge. The case came to a head when the top two leaders of the "56 Gang" — Lawrenceville resident Ladavion "Chicago" Smith, 22, and Clarkston resident Cameron "XG" Hamilton, 18 — along with the two highest ranking members of the "Drug Rich" gang — Stone Mountain residents Dalemonte "Drug Rich Hect" Neshawn Stilley, 24, and Zaion "Drug Rich Peso" Sharif Martinez, 27 — were indicted on RICO charges by a Gwinnett County grand jury on Jan. 25, along with 22 other members of the two gangs. In addition to the RICO charges, however, the indictment also lists several other crimes, including violations of the Gang Act, malice and felony murder, armed robbery, hijacking a motor vehicle, aggravated assault, terroristic threats, and various firearms offenses. asmine Morales is mourning the big life events, such as high school graduation, that her little sister, Susana, will not get to have because she was murdered by a now former police officer last summer. Meanwhile, Zaira Garcia has been in a constant state of worry about her sister, Selena, who has been missing since last October. The cases involving Susana Morales and Selena Garcia are just some of the cases that are causing concern among Hispanic residents in Gwinnett County. Some of the cases involve people, like Garcia, who are still classified as missing, while others involve people, such as Morales or Jose Daniel Martinez, who have been the victims of murderers. And, other cases, such as the one involving Rodrigo Floriano Mayen, involve deaths that have been classified as being the result of drug overdoses. These cases all add up to a Hispanic community that is turning to Gwinnett County police and asking what the county's law enforcement is doing to keep them safe. The Hispanic community got a chance to address its concerns to Gwinnett police officials, including Police Chief J.D. McClure, during a community meeting at Universal Church on Thursday night. Attendees highlighted a number of issues, asking police what they are doing about concerns such as fentanyl, gangs, curfews for young people, missing persons cases and human trafficking. For attendees their concerns are reinforced by cases such as the murder of Morales, the disappearance of Garcia, the overdose death of Mayen, and the shooting death of Martinez — which police have indicated was an apparent gang initiation killing — highlight the diversity of issues the Hispanic community is concerned about. Zaira Garcia also mentioned that some are afraid of police because they think officers will arrest them and try to have them deported. Major Jordan Griffin, who is the commander of the police department's West Precinct, said Hispanic residents should not be worried about whether officers will check their immigration status, however, because that is not their job. Zaira also highlighted the need for more Spanish speaking personnel in the department, while Jasmine Morales voiced her frustrations in how the department handled the investigation of her sister's disappearance prior to her death. JD McClure continued to defend his department and their handling of the Morales case.   Brookwood senior Diana Collins and Grayson junior Gicarri Harris earned the top awards among the Gwinnett Tipoff Club's postseason honors Monday for the best in local high school basketball. Collins was selected as the county's Girls Player of the Year, and Harris was the Boys Player of the Year. In addition to Collins' award, the Brookwood girls were named Co-Girls Team of the Year, sharing the award with the Hebron Christian girls. Both Brookwood and Hebron won state titles, and their coaches — Brookwood's Courtney Mincy and Hebron's Jan Azar — shared Girls Coach of the Year honors. For a list off all the players selected to the teams, please head to Gwinnett Prep Sports dot com. Whataburger is coming to Gwinnett County next week. The Texas-based restaurant chain announced it will open at the Exchange @ Gwinnett, which is located at 2925 Buford Drive in Buford, on March 20. The restaurant, which will the third Whataburger location in metro Atlanta, will only offer drive-thru service at first. The location will be open 24 hours a day and it is the first of two Whataburger locations that are slated to open in Gwinnett County. An additional location in Snellville is set to open at a later date. The new restaurant is expected to generate 150 new jobs in the Buford area. In anticipation of traffic created by the opening, Whataburger has announced is will pay Gwinnett County police to provide traffic control for the restaurant's opening. The openings of Whataburger locations in Kennesaw and Woodstock led to long lines of traffic that spilled out of the restaurants parking lots and onto adjacent streets. Whataburger announced it will add online ordering and pick-up, as well as dine-in options, in the weeks to come as those services become ready to roll out The Georgia Senate passed legislation Monday that will require Georgia public schools to conduct active-shooter drills by Oct. 1 of each year.   Governor Brian Kemp's “Safe Schools Act” also creates a school-safety and anti-gang certification for teachers and other school employees who complete a school safety and gang-deterrence training program.  Though the bill ultimately passed nearly unanimously, it drew criticism from Democrats. Senator Elena Parent, a Democrat from Atlanta lamented that the bill highlights the failure to pass meaningful gun control laws. Parent, who ultimately voted for the bill, noted that several Democratic-sponsored gun control bills have not received committee hearings during this year's legislative session.  The bill's focus on gang-violence prevention also drew concerns. Grayson Democratic Senator Nikki Merritt voiced concerns that the identification focused training could lead to racial profiling. The bill now moves to the governor's desk for his signature.  For more information be sure to visit www.bgpodcastnetwork.com   https://www.lawrencevillega.org/  https://www.foxtheatre.org/  https://guideinc.org/  https://www.psponline.com/  https://www.kiamallofga.com/  https://www.milb.com/gwinnett  https://www.fernbankmuseum.org/  www.atlantagladiators.com    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Gwinnett Daily Post Podcast
Hebron and Brookwood girls win state titles

Gwinnett Daily Post Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 14, 2023 24:51


The odds were stacked against the Hebron girls basketball team heading into the 2022-23 season. After losing in the Class A Private state finals last season, the Lions had the daunting task of moving up two classifications to a much deeper Class AAA, making their road back to the Macon Centreplex that much tougher. But with a retooled roster and the winningest head coach in the history of Georgia high school basketball, the jump didn't phase the Lions in the least. Facing off against defending state champion Lumpkin County in the Class AAA state finals Friday afternoon, the Lions pummeled the Indians for four quarters and cruised to a 68-36 win for their second state title in program history and 15th for legendary head coach Jan Azar. Azar now has two state titles in her first four seasons at Hebron. More impressively, the win over the Indians completes an undefeated season for Hebron at 32-0, the only team in the state of Georgia to do that this season. Standout sophomore guard Aubrey Beckham finished with 16 points, six rebounds and six assists while Jakerra Butler scored 13 of her 16 points in the second half to pair with 13 rebounds. The Lions also got double-digit scoring efforts from Amiya Porter, who had 12 points, and Nickyia Daniel, who scored 11. Defensively, the Lions held the Indians to just 23 percent from the field and out-rebounded them 37-26. For the first time in program history, the Brookwood girls basketball team has its state championship. The Broncos overcame a sluggish first half and struggles on the offensive glass to race past the defending Class AAAAAAA state champion Norcross Blue Devils 43-39 behind a dominant performance from Super Six senior guard Diana Collins. Collins scored a game-high 21 points, including 15 in the second half, to lead the Broncos. Danielle Osho was the only other Bronco to score in double figures with 10 points. Jade Weathersby was close behind with nine points and 12 rebounds. Despite giving up 21 offensive rebounds on the night, the Broncos defense still managed to hold the Blue Devils to just 25 percent from the field. The Blue Devils attempted 18 more shots than the Broncos, but struggled all night to knock down shots. For the parents of Elijah DeWitt, the last five months have been what they call a “daily nightmare.” DeWitt, who was a football and baseball standout at Jefferson High School, died after he was shot in a parking lot at Sugarloaf Mills, outside Dave and Busters, on Oct. 5. The incident has been described as an attempted robbery. Now, DeWitt's family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the mall, its owner and security officials as well as Dave and Buster's. The lawsuit that was filed this week names several defendants, including Simon Property Group, Sugarloaf Mills Limited Partnership, Universal Protection Service LLC, Dave and Buster's of Georgia LLC, Sugarloaf Mills security director Jason Choy and five individuals referred to as “John Does 1-5.” The lawsuit alleges that the defendants in the case failed to keep the mall premises safe; allowed a public nuisance to exist; engaged in negligent employee hiring, training, supervision, and retention practices; and failure to voluntarily undertake a duty of care for Elijah DeWitt. Among the allegations outlined in the lawsuit is that there had been ongoing crime-related issues a Sugarloaf Mills before DeWitt was shot, and that the mall's owners and security officials, as well as Dave and Buster's officials, did not do enough to address those issues. Chandler Richardson and Kemare Bryan are awaiting trial on murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of certain felonies charges in connection with the teen's death. An arraignment hearing for Richardson was held Friday morning. DeWitt had been on a date with his girlfriend at mall on the night he died. Gwinnett police said at the time that DeWitt had gotten into an altercation with Richardson and Bryan. The DeWitt family has previously said his death was the result of a botched robbery. Officials for Simon Property Group and Sugarloaf Mills could not be reached for comment on Friday. Dave and Buster's spokeswoman Karena Bibbins-McKeever told the Daily Post that the entertainment venue chain could not comment on the lawsuit. Gwinnett County residents are being invited to participate in discussion on mental health in the Duluth area this week. Gwinnett County Board of Education chairwoman Tarece Johnson said in an announcement on Facebook that community leaders got together to organize the panel discussion, which will take place from 5 until 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the McClure Health Science High School, which is located at 3921 Club Drive in unincorporated Duluth. The event is described as a community listening panel discussion and question-and-answer session. A flyer that has been circulating for the event says a “Gwinnett Team of Mental Health Professionals” will participate in the panel discussion. The flyer states the panel will consist of representatives from the Mental Health Support Network, Viewpoint Health, cyber security firm Fort Security, Barber Therapy, a licensed clinical social worker, and a licensed professional counselor. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers launched — and then quickly “paused” — efforts to find a new name for Lake Lanier and Buford Dam on Friday afternoon. The lake and the dam were highlighted in a report from a federal commission that looked at renaming Department of Defense properties which are named for people who served in the Confederate Army. The Naming Commission was created in response to the William M. (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021. The Naming Commission's Final Report to Congress pointed out Buford Dam is named for the city of Buford, but added that the city was named for Algernon Sidney Buford, who was a member of the Virginia Militia during the Civil War. The commission said Lake Lanier was named for the poet, Sidney Lanier, who had also been served as a private in the Confederate Army. The renaming of Lake Lanier would not be as simple as the Army deciding to change it in response to the commission's report. That's because he lake name was set by Congress when it approved its creation in 1946. In other words, the Republican-controlled House and the Democrat-controlled Senate would have to agree to changing the lake's name. If that name were to change, it would have a cascading effect that would reverberate across the community because of places in he community that are named for either the lake or the dam. In Gwinnett, these place include Buford Dam Road and Corps of Engineers-run Buford Dam Park, as well as Lanier Middle School and Lanier High School. There is also Lanier Islands and residential communities. Gwinnett County's congressional representatives are asking high school students to submit artwork for a chance to that work displayed in the U.S. Capitol. Congressional districts across the nation hold art competitions each year where high school students from their respective district can enter artwork they created in one several different types of visual mediums. The winner of each district's competition will have heir artwork displayed in the Capitol in Washington D.C. for one year. Most, if not all, members of Congress participate in the nationwide effort each year, and that includes the three congressional members who represent parts of Gwinnett County: U.S. Reps. Lucy McBath, Rich McCormick and Andrew Clyde. McBath announced his past week that the deadline to submit work for the 7th Congressional District Art Competition will be 5 p.m. on April 24. Entries must be submitted in person or by mail to McBath's district office, which is located at 3700 Crestwood Parkway, Suite 270 in Duluth. An online entry form and a required release form can be found at mcbath.house.gov/art-competition. McCormick and Clyde, who represent the 6th and 9th congressional districts respectively, have not announced their respective district's submission deadline, but both of them have posted entry forms on their congressional websites. The form for McCormick's District can be found at mccormick.house.gov/services/art-competition while the form for Clyde's district can be found at clyde.house.gov/forms/submitartwork/. McCormick's office is also directing questions about the 6th Congressional District Art Competition to Suzanne Swain at Suzanne.swain@mail.house.gov. For more information be sure to visit www.bgpodcastnetwork.com   https://www.lawrencevillega.org/  https://www.foxtheatre.org/  https://guideinc.org/  https://www.psponline.com/  https://www.kiamallofga.com/  https://www.milb.com/gwinnett  https://www.fernbankmuseum.org/  www.atlantagladiators.com    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Good Morning Gwinnett Podcast
The Rowen Project Is Starting To Pave The Way To Its' New Beginning

Good Morning Gwinnett Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 13, 2023 43:19


https://www.GoodMorningGwinnett.com Listen to the show Monday-Thursday at 10am. Learn all about people and places around Gwinnett County. Hey if you're enjoying the show, horoscope & morning inspiration, help me keep up the good feelings by buying me a cup of coffee. Just click the link below. https://www.buymeacoffee.com/AudreyBK___________________________________________The project is set to be constructed over 2,000 acres of land between Dacula and the Apalachee River, north of Ga. 316 and south of Route 8. Rowen is projected to create about 90,000 jobs this century and contribute billions to the economy of Georgia. In December, the county commission approved a new zoning district for the Rowen land that requires developers to comply with the Rowen Foundation's design guidelines, which include environmental practices such as preserving native plants and green space. The Georgia Department of Economic Development is still seeking the first company or companies to become Rowen's founding partners.

Gwinnett Daily Post Podcast
Week in Review: Morales case murder suspect implicated in 2019 burglary

Gwinnett Daily Post Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 11, 2023 3:17


The former Doraville police officer who has been charged in the death of Norcross teen Susana Morales has now been accused of being involved in a 2019 Snellville burglary.  At the Southwest Gwinnett Chamber's First Friday breakfast for March the organization honored Norcross High School's Corbin Blum with its monthly Character Award. The award was created to recognize outstanding students whose attitudes and actions embody the organization's mission, passion, and commitment to excellence and community action. Gwinnett County has a new fire chief and his appointment is making history for the department. Fred Cephas, who has been Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services' deputy chief since 2020, was appointed by county commissioners to be the new fire chief on Tuesday. Cephas will be the county's first Black fire chief in the department's nearly 52-year history. He will officially become fire chief on April 1. For more information be sure to visit www.bgpodcastnetwork.com   https://www.lawrencevillega.org/  https://www.foxtheatre.org/  https://guideinc.org/  https://www.psponline.com/  https://www.kiamallofga.com/  https://www.milb.com/gwinnett  https://www.fernbankmuseum.org/  www.atlantagladiators.com  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

The Brief from WABE
The Brief for Friday, March 10th, 2023

The Brief from WABE

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 10, 2023 9:25


The three men convicted of murdering Ahmaud Arbery are appealing their federal hate crime charges; Gwinnett County police are trying to rebuild the relationship with the community they police; a program in Northeast Georgia is taking a different approach to addressing opioid addiction.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Gwinnett Daily Post Podcast
Kevin Kraus talks about making the leap from the Stripers to the Braves

Gwinnett Daily Post Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 10, 2023 32:22


The longtime Stripers announcer and new Voice of the Braves joins the show. Plus:  Gwinnett County has a new fire chief and his appointment is making history for the department. Fred Cephas, who has been Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services' deputy chief since 2020, was appointed by county commissioners to be the new fire chief on Tuesday. Cephas will be the county's first Black fire chief in the department's nearly 52-year history. He will officially become fire chief on April 1. Cephas will replace soon-to-be-former chief Russell Knick, who is leaving the fire department after about five years as chief to take on a new role in the County Administrator's Office. Cephas is a native of Mobile, Alabama, and a U.S. Air Force veteran, having served as a Department of Defense aircraft rescue firefighter. He joined Gwinnett's fire department in 2001. He rose through the department's ranks over the years and served in a variety of capacities. Some of those capacities included strategic planning, accreditation management, operations, and as a licensed polygraphist. He then became deputy chief, making him the second highest ranking member of the fire department, three years ago. Cephas earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in business administration from Shorter University. Last week Georgia Gwinnett College counselors traveled to Collins Hill High School to offer seniors at the school a unique opportunity — an instant decision on admission. Called Instant Decision Day, these events allow college hopefuls to meet with GGC admissions counselors, who evaluate their transcripts and help them fill out GGC application forms. Students who met GPA requirements are provided an instant admissions decision on the spot. Twenty-one students were admitted to GGC at the Collins Hill event, which was held on March 2. GGC has offered more than 50 Instant Decision Day events to schools in Gwinnett County and metro Atlanta since September with more to come, Lisa Boone, GGC's assistant director of admissions. Boone said the program has expanded this year to high schools as far east as Savannah and as far south as Valdosta. The school's future plans include expansion of the Instant Decision Day program to Georgia's border states. With the support of the University System of Georgia, GGC recently established a waiver so that students in states that border the Georgia will pay in-state tuition Piedmont Eastside Medical Center welcomed a new chief executive officer this week. The hospital, which is located in Snellville, announced on Wednesday that Larry Ebert became Eastside's new CEO on Monday. Ebert previously served as CEO at Piedmont Walton Hospital in Monroe for the last five years. He replaces Trent Lind, who had been Eastside's CEO for more than seven years but recently left to join Community Health Systems in Franklin, Tennessee. Ebert has been with the Piedmont system since 2017, when he became the executive director of strategic operations at Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center. He then became Piedmont Walton's CEO in 2018. During his time at Piedmont Athens, Ebert oversaw the planning and execution of strategic efforts, such as the coordination of a master facility plan as well as a key construction and renovation project on the hospital's main campus. And, during his time at Piedmont Walton, Ebert oversaw that hospital's integration into the Piedmont system; worked on the creation of a joint program between the hospital and the nursing program at Athens Technical College's Walton campus; recruited primary care and specialty clinicians; tripled the hospital's medical staff; and launched and expanded new service lines. Ebert earned his bachelor's degree from Tennessee Tech University and his Master of Healthcare Administration from Louisiana State University. He and his wife Jessica are the parents of triplets Gavin, Preston and Abigail. Sixteen Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine students and faculty members exchanged their Christmas holidays for a mission trip to Guatemala where they impacted the lives of almost 1,000 patients. First, second and third year DO students, along with a DO student from the PCOM South Georgia campus, staffed several clinics located near Antigua, some in remote mountainous areas. Donald Penney, MD, the chair of clinical education and a clinical professor of emergency medicine at PCOM Georgia, served as the chief medical officer for the trip arranged through International Medical Relief, a nonprofit mission organization headquartered in Colorado. According to first year DO student Alice Manning, the trip to Guatemala was “an amazing and eye-opening experience.” She explained that each clinic had several stations including triage, community education, health care and dentistry. In the community education area, Manning enjoyed informing patients about proper handwashing techniques and hygiene, along with providing information about diabetes and dentistry. Manning shared that she used many skills learned in medical school including taking patients' histories and vitals and using osteopathic manipulative medicine. She used OMM for neurologic motor exams, upper extremity range of motion tests, special tests for carpal tunnel syndrome, and diagnosing rotator cuff strains. She noted that a highlight of the trip was using a pocket ultrasound so a pregnant woman could see her baby for the first time. During the trip, the students' routine included debriefing sessions each day after clinics to discuss issues related to the day's work. Some of the students used their free day to hike Pacaya, an active volcano. Manning was fascinated to see a local cooking a pizza on top of lava at the volcano's peak. At the Southwest Gwinnett Chamber's First Friday breakfast for March the organization honored Norcross High School's Corbin Blum with its monthly Character Award. The award was created to recognize outstanding students whose attitudes and actions embody the organization's mission, passion, and commitment to excellence and community action. Blum serves as the Council Service Chair on the school's student leadership council and has been selected for several academic honors societies. He participates in karate, ultimate frisbee, band, and golf and serves as a camp counselor during the summers. He looks forward to attending college. For more information be sure to visit www.bgpodcastnetwork.com   https://www.lawrencevillega.org/  https://www.foxtheatre.org/  https://guideinc.org/  https://www.psponline.com/  https://www.kiamallofga.com/  https://www.milb.com/gwinnett  https://www.fernbankmuseum.org/  www.atlantagladiators.com  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Good Morning Gwinnett Podcast
Hispanic Residents In Norcross Will Get To Share Their Thoughts

Good Morning Gwinnett Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 7, 2023 43:51


https://www.GoodMorningGwinnett.com Listen to the show Monday-Thursday at 10am. Learn all about people and places around Gwinnett County. Hey if you're enjoying the show, horoscope & morning inspiration, help me keep up the good feelings by buying me a cup of coffee. Just click the link below. https://www.buymeacoffee.com/AudreyBK______________________________________________Gwinnett County Police Department officials, including Chief J.D. McClure, will meet with Hispanic residents in the Norcross area on Thursday to address their concerns about recent crimes, including the kidnapping and murder of 16-year-old Susana Morales.The police department will host a community meeting at 6:30 p.m. at Universal Church, which is located at 6081 Singleton Road in Norcross. In additional to McClure, command staff from the West Precinct and Criminal Investigations will answer questions from members of the Hispanic community. Spanish-speaking officers and interpreters will be in attendance at the meeting as well.

Gwinnett Daily Post Podcast
Firefighters fight blaze in Buford

Gwinnett Daily Post Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 7, 2023 24:06


A owner of house in Buford that was undergoing work arrived on Friday afternoon to find firefighters battling a blaze at the home. A child who lived in another house called 911 at 5:49 p.m. to report that the house on the 2000 block of Appling Circle in Buford was on fire. A dispatcher could hear explosions and popping sounds during the 911 call. Crews arrived five minutes later to find the carport of the single-story house on fire. A photo released by the fire department shows flames had spread into the house. Crews arrived five minutes later to find the carport of the single-story house on fire. A photo released by the fire department shows flames had spread into the house. Crews used two 1-and-three-quarters-inch attack lines to battle the fire. Firefighters were able to get inside the house and confirm no one was inside and the fire was under control by 6:09 p.m. There were no injuries reported and the cause of the fire has not been determined. Gwinnett County police have arrested two people after an investigation into a fentanyl overdose case that involved a 16-year-old female victim. Lawrenceville resident Drolvin Esau Calix-Rodriguez, 21, and Norcross resident Elizabeth Faye Elliott, 19, were arrested on Tuesday. The overdose that police were investigating involved counterfeit Percocet fentanyl. Calix-Rodriguez faces multiple charges, including two counts of sale of a Schedule I or II controlled substance, possession with intent to distribute,  possession of cocaine, and possession of a stolen firearm during commissions of a crime. Meanwhile, Elliott faces a sale of a Schedule I or II controlled substance charge. Police are using the arrests to remind residents about state laws surrounding medical amnesty and access to Naloxone, which is a drug used to counter the effects of an overdose. GNR Public Health offers free training on how to use NARCAN, which is another name for Naloxone at 52 Gwinnett Drive, Suite A in Lawrenceville. The Gwinnett County Police Department does work with the county's District Attorney's Office to charge and prosecute people for charges related to overdoses, including felony murder, in an effort to fight drug trafficking in the county. A Gwinnett County Public Schools bus driver quit his job just over two weeks before police arrested him on child molestation and public indecency charges. Former bus driver Steven Wilkins resigned from his job on February 10, according to GCPS officials, and he was subsequently arrested by Gwinnett County police on Monday. A parent had raised concerns to Gwinnett County Police about Wilkins' behavior, prompting an investigation, Suwanee Elementary School Principal Mary B. Taylor told parents in a letter. GCPS officials said Wilkins was removed from driving his bus route as soon as the parent raised their concerns about his behavior. District officials said the parent's complaint and Wilkins' arrest serve as an example of why they said parents should report any suspicious behavior that they see taking place. Wilkins was still being held in the Gwinnett County Jail as of Friday. More than a month after police arrested one suspect in the murder of a man who died after he was shot in the Norcross area last November, investigators are asking the public for information about another suspect. Lawrenceville resident Alinton Joel Riveria-Zuniga was shot on Estates Court in unincorporated Norcross on Nove,ber 27 and later died from his injuries at a hospital. Police arrested Lawrenceville resident Jose Caraballo on January 18 and charged him with felony murder, aggravated assault, armed robbery, and possession of a firearm during a felony in connection with the shooting. Now police are looking for an additional suspect in Zuniga's murder, and here are a least two possible names that officials said this suspect has gone by. Detectives believe the suspect has used the name Brayan Duarte and Brayan Sanchez. If anyone has any information, they are asked to please call Gwinnett Police or Crime Stoppers. Gwinnett Technical College is set to open a gleaming new facility, and the three-story building — dedicated to computer information systems, cybersecurity and emerging technologies training — will be complemented by other renovations and improvements on campus. Classes in the 82,000-square-foot facility are set to begin this week. The $42 million building will house the computer science and gaming departments, a cybersecurity war room, gaming technologies room, 29 classrooms and an eSports lab. The construction of the new building set off a domino effect for other buildings on campus. In addition to the new building, Cannon is particularly enthused about renovations taking place in the college's main building and the resurfacing of parking lots on campus. According to a release from Gwinnett Tech, other improvements on campus include the construction of a new “quad” area near Building 100 and the new facility; the renovation and expansion of the One-Stop area; a new entrance for the library, with more computer stations and the creation of the Center for Teaching Excellence; and a “facelift” for the student Life Center. Cannon added that almost all of the planning and design phases of the project were completed during the COVID pandemic. Families choose private schools for a variety of reasons, one of which is the parents themselves attended an independent school and wanted their children to have a similar experience. There are a number of students at Greater Atlanta Christian whose parents also went to private school, but more than half of the students at GAC come from what is termed “first-time private-school families.” When asked what often goes into the decision to enroll children in a private school like GAC for the first time, Dr. Katherine White, GAC's vice president of advancement, pointed to several factors, a number of which can apply to just about any independent school. White also pointed to the consistency in curriculum, the spirit of collaboration and the feeling students have of being part of a small but significant community. GAC has grown a great deal since its founding in 1968 with some 150 students, and even though the student body now numbers in the 1,500s (with some 650 in the high school), the determination to offer small class sizes has not changed over the last seven decades. GAC also has an exemplary graduation rate of 100% and White said that 100% of GAC grads go on to continue their education after high school. For more information on GAC, visit Greater Atlanta Christian School dot org. For more information be sure to visit www.bgpodcastnetwork.com   https://www.lawrencevillega.org/  https://www.foxtheatre.org/  https://guideinc.org/  https://www.psponline.com/  https://www.kiamallofga.com/  https://www.milb.com/gwinnett  https://www.fernbankmuseum.org/  www.atlantagladiators.com                        See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Good Morning Gwinnett Podcast
Sustainabilty, Climate & Affordable Housing Was Topics At The State Of The County

Good Morning Gwinnett Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 6, 2023 51:27


https://www.GoodMorningGwinnett.com Listen to the show Monday-Thursday at 10am. Learn all about people and places around Gwinnett County. Hey if you're enjoying the show, horoscope & morning inspiration, help me keep up the good feelings by buying me a cup of coffee. Just click the link below. https://www.buymeacoffee.com/AudreyBKHendrickson highlighted a human services needs assessment, the county's first-ever Arts and Creative Economy Master Plan, a disparity study that will look at the county's procurement and contracting system, and plans to hire a sustainability officer.“The county has always been intentional about where we see ourselves in the future,” Hendrickson said after the speech, which was delivered at 12Stone Church in Lawrenceville. “This board paid particular to some of the issues and challenges that we're seeing around the nation — you know sustainability, climate, affordable housing, public safety, workforce challenges, transportation — and making sure we're meeting the gaps in our community.SOURCE: www.GoodMorningGwinnett.com by Curt Yeomans

Gwinnett Daily Post Podcast
News Minute: Arrests made in fentanyl overdose

Gwinnett Daily Post Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 6, 2023 2:49


Gwinnett County police have arrested two people after an investigation into a fentanyl overdose case that involved a 16-year-old female victim. Lawrenceville resident Drolvin Esau Calix-Rodriguez, 21, and Norcross resident Elizabeth Faye Elliott, 19, were arrested on Tuesday. The overdose that police were investigating involved counterfeit Percocet fentanyl. For more information be sure to visit www.bgpodcastnetwork.com   https://www.lawrencevillega.org/  https://www.foxtheatre.org/  https://guideinc.org/  https://www.psponline.com/  https://www.kiamallofga.com/  https://www.milb.com/gwinnett  https://www.fernbankmuseum.org/  www.atlantagladiators.com              See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Gwinnett Daily Post Podcast
Arrest made in connection to body found in Lawrenceville

Gwinnett Daily Post Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 5, 2023 14:01


Gwinnett County police said a Lilburn resident is believed to have killed a teen who was found dead at a home on Paden Mill Trail in unincorporated Lawrenceville on Wednesday. The teen was identified on Thursday as 16-year-old Jose Daniel Martinez, who was from Lawrenceville. Martinez's family had reported him missing on Wednesday and officers went to the last place he was known to have been at and discovered his body, which had a gunshot wound. Lilburn resident Dennis Calzadilla, was arrested late Wednesday night and charged with felony murder and aggravated assault in connection with Martinez's death. Calzadilla was identified as a suspect based on information investigators gathered while canvassing the area and developing leads. Jail records show Calzadilla was also charged with gang activity-related charges — including unlawfully committing an offense with the intent to obtain, earn or maintain membership, or to increase status or position in a street gang — on Thursday. Police have not officially said why they believe Martinez was killed, however. Gwinnett County leaders are in the midst of several studies to plan for the county's future, Commission Chairwoman Nicole Love Hendrickson said during her annual State of the County Address on Thursday. Hendrickson highlighted a human services needs assessment, the county's first-ever Arts and Creative Economy Master Plan, a disparity study that will look at the county's procurement and contracting system, and plans to hire a sustainability officer. "The county has always been intentional about where we see ourselves in the future," Hendrickson said after the speech, which was delivered at 12Stone Church in Lawrenceville. "This board paid particular to some of the issues and challenges that we're seeing around the nation — you know sustainability, climate, affordable housing, public safety, workforce challenges, transportation — and making sure we're meeting the gaps in our community. It's been a long time since such an assessment was done. In fact, it's been more than 30 years since the last full-scale assessment was conducted. The last one was conducted in 1991, according to Hendrickson. The study is expected to be finished later this year, possibly in the summer. Hendrickson told the Daily Post that the services which the assessment is looking at are community services which are designed to address a variety of issues, ranging from food and nutrition to housing, homelessness, and poverty. Parkview's baseball team cruised past Ariton, Alabama for a 10-0 victory in five innings late Thursday night in the Perfect Game Showdown. Mason Davis struck out seven in a five-inning perfect game to earn the victory. The Panthers' top hitters were Colin Houck who went 3-for-3 with a home run, triple, double, four RBIs, and three runs, Landon Stripling who went 3-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs, Mason Watler who went 1-for-2 with a double and Ali Banks who was 1-for-3 with a triple. The games in this Perfect Game Showdown took place at the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium in Hoover, Alabama. The Met, as it is affectionately called, is the former home of the Minor League Birmingham Barons and the current home of the SEC Baseball Tournament. During breaks in her professional basketball career, Anne Marie Armstrong became a licensed real estate agent. The former Wesleyan and Georgia Bulldogs standout, who has built a successful career in that field since 2016, currently works as director of land acquisition for an Atlanta area home builder. That's her day job. Her side hustle provides her basketball fix. Armstrong just completed her debut season as a college basketball analyst on SEC broadcasts, a welcome return to a sport she played at the pro level from 2013 through 2018, when two ACL injuries accelerated the end of her career. For 11 women's games and one men's game this season, she was back courtside at Stegeman Coliseum, where she played from 2009-13, as a color analyst for Georgia Bulldog games. Armstrong joins a growing list of former Gwinnett athletes who have transitioned into sports broadcasting. The ESPN and SEC Network lineup alone includes Carter, a Buford grad and North Gwinnett grad Tiffany Blackmon as female broadcasters, as well as Shiloh grad David Pollack and Parkview grad Matt Stinchcomb on football coverage. Parkview grad Jeff Francoeur and Duluth grad Nick Green are regulars on Atlanta Braves telecasts. Armstrong brought a considerable amount of knowledge into the job, too. She was a prep star at Wesleyan, where she won 10 state championships — 3 team titles in, 3 in volleyball and one in track and field, and three individually in the high jump — and she was a versatile contributor at Georgia, playing four positions with regularity. The 6-foot-3 guard/forward was selected by the Dream in the 2013 WNBA Draft, and played pro basketball overseas in Brazil, Israel, Poland, Spain, Italy and Turkey. Her playing career ended with back-to-back ACL injuries, including four surgeries on one knee, and she settled back in metro Atlanta with her husband Aleks Sychenko, a former professional handball player and member of the Israeli National Team who she met while playing basketball in Israel. AGCO Corporation, a Gwinnett County-based worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural machinery and precision ag technology, recently announced it is donating $650,000 to the United Nations Children's Fund in direct support of its earthquake response in Turkey. The donation will facilitate the provision of critical supplies and services to children, adolescents, and families affected by the recent earthquakes. AGCO's donation to UNICEF will be used to distribute relief supplies and services to those in need in Turkey. While the total number of children affected remains unclear, an estimated 5.4 million children live in the provinces impacted by the earthquakes. 2.5 million children need immediate support. Sixteen students from the eighth grade fundamentals of engineering class from Duluth's Coleman Middle School were recently given a very unique experience. In celebration of National Engineer's Week, Duluth-based Columbia Engineering and Services, Inc. hosted the students for a full day, hands-on civil engineering experience. The program day was a fast-paced day of learning about land planning, topography, parking lot design, land surveys, water structures, AutoCAD, AutoTURN, creating a site design, and pulling together a plan for presenting their final designs to a panel of judges — all between 9:45 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Twenty-five of Columbia's staff participated in working with students and providing guidance throughout the day. This is Columbia's fifth annual event to host the students. Columbia officials said they were honored to have the school's namesake, Brooks Coleman, as a guest for the early part of the day. For more information be sure to visit www.bgpodcastnetwork.com   https://www.lawrencevillega.org/  https://www.foxtheatre.org/  https://guideinc.org/  https://www.psponline.com/  https://www.kiamallofga.com/  https://www.milb.com/gwinnett  https://www.fernbankmuseum.org/  www.atlantagladiators.com              See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Gwinnett Daily Post Podcast
Gwinnett police find teen's body while searching for a missing person

Gwinnett Daily Post Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 3, 2023 23:25


Gwinnett County police are investigating the death of a teen who was found dead on Paden Mill Trail in unincorporated Lawrenceville. The 16-year-old male's body was found at about 1:05 p.m. behind a house located at 651 Paden Mill Trail. Police discovered the body while visiting the house to conduct a follow up on a missing person's case that they were investigating. The teen had been shot. Anyone who has information about the teen's death is asked to call detectives or Crime Stoppers, which lets tipsters remain anonymous. Please head to Gwinnett Daily Post dot com for more updates. The Georgia Department of Education recently released the list of AP Honors Schools — with 23 Gwinnett County public high schools making one or more of the lists. Several Gwinnett schools were recognized in more than one category. Paul Duke STEM High School and Mountain View High School made the list in all seven categories in which they are eligible while Archer, Brookwood, Dacula, Duluth, Grayson, Lanier, and Mountain View high schools made the list in six of the seven categories in which they are eligible. DeNelle West, Gwinnett County Public Schools' Chief Learning Officer, says the recognition is a testament to the dedication of the district's educators. AP exams are administered by the College Board, which also administers the SAT. AP courses are one of several ways Georgia students can access college-level learning at the high school level. Students who earn a 3, 4, or 5 on an AP exam may receive college credit. The 2023 AP Honor Schools were named in eight categories, based on the results of 2022 AP courses and exams. Please head over to Gwinnett Daily Post dot com for a full list of schools and honors. The Sip & Swine BBQ Festival not only touts some of the best Kansas City-style barbecue in America, but it also impacts the future in extremely positive ways. The festival is set Friday and Saturday at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville. More than 100 professional and shade-tree barbecue competitors from 12 states and two continents will vie for the coveted People's Choice Tasting award in an event sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society. Admission and parking are free for the two-day porcine extravaganza, which will also feature some 80 craft vendors and 40 food vendors. Now in its eighth year, the Sip & Swine BBQ Festival was originally established as a fundraiser for Home of Hope at Gwinnett Children's Shelter in Buford. Home of Hope is focused on ending homelessness two generations at a time, providing service for homeless infants and children up to 17 years old, along with their young mothers. The nonprofit also aids teenagers aging out of the foster care system. The festival has grown to feature bands, crafts and family-friendly activities, and this year's event is expected to be the largest to date. Proceeds from competition and vendor fees, raffle ticket sales and the purchase of People's Choice Taster Kits all go Home of Hope. Thus far, the festival has raised $742,000 on behalf of the children's shelter. For more information about the Sip & Swine BBQ Festival, visit Sips and Swine dot com. For more information about Home of Hope at Gwinnett Children's Shelter, visit Home of Hope GCS dot com. Is E.T. hanging out around the Lawrenceville Square? Maybe he's buying comic books at Galactic Quest before heading over to Strange Taco for dinner?  We'll leave that to the pundits, both inside and outside the peanut gallery, to debate. Regardless of whether you believe in aliens or not, Lawrenceville has notched a Number 1 ranking on what some people might consider a weird list: the most likely places in America to see a UFO. According to BonusFinder.com, you have a higher chance of seeing strange objects in the sky over Lawrenceville than you are in the skies over places such as Sedona, Arizona, and Greenville, South Carolina (which came in at Numbers 2 and 3 on the list, respectively), or the state capitol of Pennsylvania — Harrisburg — which is Number 4 on the list. BonusFinder.com ranked cities based on how many sightings there have been for every 10,000 residents rather than total number of sightings. Sedona, with 96 sightings, would be Number 1 if the latter criteria were the determining factor since Lawrenceville only had 67 sightings. But, it's sightings per capita that determined the rankings, and Lawrenceville — which is home to Gwinnett County Airport at Briscoe Field by the way — was Number 1 in that regard. The city reached the top spot with 144.64 alleged sightings per 10,000 people, according to BonusFinder.com. The sightings lasted, on average, 15.47 minutes.  Lanier High School has earned the College Board AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award for achieving high female representation in AP Computer Science A. Schools honored with the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award have achieved 50% or higher female exam taker representation in one or both AP computer science courses, or a percentage of female computer science exam takers that meet or exceed that of the school's female population. Sallie Holloway, Gwinnett County Public Schools' Director of Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science, says the award is an acknowledgement of Lanier High School's commitment to inclusivity. More than 1,100 institutions achieved either 50% or higher female representation in one of the two AP computer science courses or a percentage of the female computer science exam takers meeting or exceeding that of the school's female population during the 2021-22 school year. In 2022, Lanier High School was one of 209 schools recognized in the category of AP CSA, and the only school in Gwinnett County to be recognized. Lanier has worked with its partner, State Farm IT, and the cluster schools to create a culture that supports more diversity in computing and other STEM fields and are seeing the fruits of this labor. Beyond the College Board recognition, Lanier High has always been well-represented at the National Center for Women & Information Technology local and national awards. The school regularly sees dozens of girls recognized at the Georgia awards ceremony. Additionally, Lanier has had five girls recognized nationally, including a national honorable mention for Valentina Diaz Romero and national winner Makenna Reilly for 2023 In its long and distinguished history, Buford High School has won untold state championships in just about every sport. And now the time has come to make some room on the school's trophy display for the school's latest state crown. On February 24, Buford's Game Day Cheerleading squad won the Class AAAAAA state championship at Columbus State College. It was the team's first state title in its four-year history. Co-Coach Caroline Parker said the competition – which began with 16 teams in the preliminary round and had eight in the final round – called on squads to showcase their skills in band chant, a crowd-leading cheer, and a routine that accompanies their school's fight song. The 24-member squad – which was selected last April – is made up of cheerleaders for the Wolves' football and basketball games. Now that they know just exactly what it takes to win a state championship, the next season will serve as a lesson on how to effectively defend that championship. There were six seniors on the 2023 team and Parker said she was pleased they were graduating on such a high note. And those involved will get to take a brief break, although it won't be long before the title defense begins, as tryouts begin in three weeks. For more information be sure to visit www.bgpodcastnetwork.com   https://www.lawrencevillega.org/  https://www.foxtheatre.org/  https://guideinc.org/  https://www.psponline.com/  https://www.kiamallofga.com/  https://www.milb.com/gwinnett  https://www.fernbankmuseum.org/  www.atlantagladiators.com          See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Good Morning Gwinnett Podcast
Norcross Public Arts Commission Wants Your Input

Good Morning Gwinnett Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 2, 2023 24:07


https://www.GoodMorningGwinnett.com Listen to the show Monday-Thursday at 10am. Learn all about people and places around Gwinnett County. Hey if you're enjoying the show, horoscope & morning inspiration, help me keep up the good feelings by buying me a cup of coffee. Just click the link below. https://www.buymeacoffee.com/AudreyBKListen to Commissioner Ben Ku New Podcast https://www.buzzsprout.com/2143373/12348354_____________________________________________As part of its mission of cultivating a growing creative arts community and promoting the continuous growth and development of our cultural resources, the Norcross Public Arts Commission, also known as NPAC, is working to create a Master Arts & Cultural Plan for the City of Norcross and YOUR input and ideas are crucial! Participation is needed from everyone who lives, works, and plays across all of Norcross so the Arts & Cultural Plan represents our entire community.Please use one of the links below to share your opinions on arts and culture programming in Norcross in a quick, 5-minute survey. The survey will be open through Friday, March 10th and all responses are anonymous. If you know someone else in Norcross who should give their input, share this post with them!

Good Morning Gwinnett Podcast
Gwinnett's Oldest Mall Will Now Become A Global Village

Good Morning Gwinnett Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 1, 2023 55:54


https://www.GoodMorningGwinnett.com Listen to the show Monday-Thursday at 10am. Learn all about people and places around Gwinnett County. Hey if you're enjoying the show, horoscope & morning inspiration, help me keep up the good feelings by buying me a cup of coffee. Just click the link below. https://www.buymeacoffee.com/AudreyBKThe plan for revitalizing the Gwinnett Place Mall property with a mixture of retail, restaurants, green space, a cultural center and residential uses is moving forward.Gwinnett County commissioners voted on Tuesday night to approve the Gwinnett Place Mall Revitalization Strategy that the Gwinnett Place Community Improvement District worked on last year. The strategy calls for tearing down most of the existing Gwinnett Place Mall property — except for the Macy's, Mega Mart and Beauty Master anchors — and replacing it with a mixed-use "Global Villages" redevelopment concept.“This is history in the making, and I'm honored to have a front row seat,” Commissioner Kirkland Carden, whose district includes the mall area, said in a statement. “As the commissioner who represents the mall area, I wanted to make sure it is an economic force for Gwinnett County. Our vote tonight will make that happen.”To read the complete story go to:www.GwinnettDailyPost.com

Gwinnett Daily Post Podcast
Gwinnett officer taken to hospital after being hit by drunk driver

Gwinnett Daily Post Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 1, 2023 16:00


A Suwanee man is facing several charges, including driving under the influence of alcohol, after he hit a Gwinnett County police officer's patrol car on Interstate 85 on Thursday night. Master Police Officer Hideshi Valle said Randy Vanallen Cooley, 35, is accused of hitting the patrol car on Interstate 85 South near Pleasant Hill Road just after 9 p.m. Police had previously said on social media that the officer, whose name has not yet been released, had been working the scene of a five-vehicle accident when her patrol car was hit. Police said the officer sustained a head injury, but she is expected to recover. Cooley has been charged with following too close, driving under the influence of alcohol, possession of an open alcohol container, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, driving without a valid license, and failure to register a vehicle in Georgia. He was arrested at the scene of the accident. The state House of Representatives handily passed a bill Monday aimed at bolstering school safety in Georgia.   The “Safe Schools Act,” which has the strong support of Governor Brian Kemp, passed on a 148-20 vote.   The bill, sponsored by Representative Will Wade, a Republican from Dawsonville, one of Kemp's floor leaders in the House, would require schools to conduct an intruder or active-shooter drill by October 1 each year.  It would also require public schools to submit school safety plans to the Georgia Emergency Management Association as well as local emergency management and law enforcement agencies. The legislation would create a mechanism for school employees to earn a “school safety and anti-gang endorsement” after completing a special training program. And it encourages colleges and universities to include training for future teachers in best practices for safe schools and deterring gangs. Though the bill breezed through the House, it drew criticism from some Democratic lawmakers. Savannah Democratic representative Anne Allen Westbrook cited a study conducted by researchers at Georgia Tech showing increases in anxiety and depression among students for 90 days after active-shooter drills.  Representative Stacey Evans, an Atlanta Democrat, voted for the bill but also urged lawmakers to consider passing gun-control measures.   The bill will now move to the Georgia Senate for consideration. A 14-year-old Brookwood High School student was hit by a pick-up truck while leaving the school on Thursday, and Gwinnett County police are using the incident to urge pedestrians and drivers to practice safety on or along roadways. The incident happened at about 6:40 p.m., as the 14-year-old student was leaving the school campus and walking across Dogwood Road at a crosswalk on a red traffic signal. The teen sustained a head injury and a broken leg as a result of the injury. The pick-up driver remained at the scene as police and firefighter/paramedics arrived. Police are urging pedestrians to use sidewalks or paths while walking along roadways, and to walk facing traffic and as far from vehicles as possible if neither are available. They are also urging pedestrians to only cross streets at crosswalks or intersections since drivers are more likely to expect pedestrians at those locations. Pedestrians are also urged to wait for gaps in traffic before trying to cross the street and to not assume drivers will see them. Wearing bright colors during the day, or reflective materials at night, and trying to make eye contact with drivers are some ways pedestrians can make sure they are seen. Meanwhile, drivers are encouraged to be on the lookout for pedestrians and to always stop or yield to pedestrians who are in a crosswalk. They are also encouraged to never pass another vehicle that is stopped at a crosswalk since they might be stopped to let a pedestrian cross the street. Drivers are also urged to remain on alert and slow down while driving by schools and in neighborhoods, and to stick to posted speed limits. Defense is at the forefront of the Norcross basketball teams' state title defense. Both the reigning Class seven A state champion girls and boys have ratcheted up their defense of late as they aim to bring two more trophies to Spalding Drive. The two teams host quarterfinal games Wednesday night — the girls vs. Number 3 Archer at 5:30, followed by the boys against Number 5 Newton at 7. The Number 2-ranked Norcross girls have been especially impressive with suffocating defense, including holding Lambert in check in a 59-34 second-round win over the weekend. That came on the heels of holding Collins Hill to 41 points in a first-round victory. The high-paced Norcross boys are a dangerous team offensively, but their work on the defensive end has been equally important in their past postseason success. The fourth-ranked Blue Devils have held opponents to 56.3 points per game over their last 15 games. They held Osborne to 60 in the second round while also showcasing their high-powered offensive attack with 45 second-half points in a 72-60 win. They racked up 90 points in a first-round victory over Collins Hill. In addition to the Norcross doubleheader, four other Gwinnett basketball teams have quarterfinal games Wednesday. In seven A, the Central Gwinnett girls play at McEachern at 6 p.m., while the Grayson boys take on Walton at 6:30 p.m. at Archer. The Lanier boys host Grovetown at 7:30 p.m. in six A, and the Providence Christian boys host Spencer at 7:30 p.m. in double A. For the third consecutive week, the Number 14-ranked Georgia Gwinnett College softball team has had a player named the Continental Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week. Senior Alexa Good received the latest honor after tossing a two-hit shutout in the Grizzlies' 8-0 victory against No. 9 Tennessee Wesleyan University last Saturday. The Pembroke Pines, Fla., native struck out four batters and did not issue a walk in the game. The right-hander stands 4-0 this spring with two shutouts and a 1.68 earned run average. She has recorded 27 strikeouts in 25 innings pitched. Sophomore Annalise Wood was named the CAC Pitcher of the Week for the first two weeks of the 2023 season. Georgia Gwinnett College is scheduled to host the University of Rio Grande from Ohio in a doubleheader on Friday, March 3, at the Grizzly Softball Complex, starting at 2 p.m. The four-game series between the two teams will continue Saturday, March 4, at noon. Gwinnett County commissioners are moving to adopt international property maintenance rules that will enable the county's code enforcement officers to issue citations for interior code violations at rental properties. The county began the process of adopting the International Property Maintenance Code this past week. Adoption of the code would enable the county's code enforcement officers to work with rental property tenants to ensure the interiors of their residences remain up to code. Code enforcement officers currently have no authority over interior issues at rental properties. The rules would only apply to rental properties. The Georgia Department of Community Affairs must first review the proposed policy change before the Board of Commissioners can officially adopt the International Property Maintenance Code. State law requires the 60-day review by the DCA before final adoption can take place. The International Property Maintenance Code was compiled by the International Code Council. The code requires, among other things, all interior surfaces are maintained and that issues are corrected swiftly. It also requires ongoing pest control, making sure equipment works, and ensuring the interiors of rental properties main clean and sanitary. The code does state that occupants of rental units will be tasked with ensuring the interior of their particular unit remains clean while property owners are responsible for shared and public areas. An occupant can be held responsible if their actions, or failure to act, directly leads to any rodent or insect infestation. For more information be sure to visit www.bgpodcastnetwork.com   https://www.lawrencevillega.org/  https://www.foxtheatre.org/  https://guideinc.org/  https://www.psponline.com/  https://www.kiamallofga.com/  https://www.milb.com/gwinnett  https://www.fernbankmuseum.org/  www.atlantagladiators.com        See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Gwinnett Daily Post Podcast
Collins Hill mourns loss of graduate and former football player

Gwinnett Daily Post Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 28, 2023 28:09


As his Collins Hill teammates finished off the football program's first state championship in 2021, then Collins Hill senior Jayden Faison was in his own fight. Faison was an inspiration during the state title run and he spent the latter stages of that breakthrough season in the hospital battling cancer. He kept fighting through Friday, when he died less than two years after his diagnosis. His legacy at Collins Hill revolves around that fighting spirit, which he showed on the football field and while facing cancer. Collins Hill coach Drew Swick remembered Faison as a hardworking player who didn't say too much, but always had a smile on his face. Swick was part of a group, along with then Collins Hill head coach Lenny Gregory and principal Kerensa Wing, that visited Faison in the hospital in late April 2022 to present him with his Collins Hill High School diploma. At the time, Faison was using a wheelchair, but has been preparing for the moment for two weeks so that he could walk and receive his diploma. That spirit paid off on the football field, where he was an undersized inside linebacker at 5-foot-11, 175 pounds. He made up for the lack of ideal size with speed, hard work in the weight room and intense preparation. While he didn't start on the loaded state championship team's defense, he was on every special teams unit and was regarded for his tackling ability. Swick, who was promoted to head coach after the 2022 season, said the Collins Hill program plans to wear a Number 8 patch in honor of Faison's number this season, as well as make the Number 8 jersey special, one that is given to a top defensive player each season who earns the right to wear it. The semi-annual Kidsignments sale is back this coming week and runs through Saturday at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds. The sale features quality, gently used infant, kids, teen and maternity clothing, shoes, accessories, games, puzzles, toys, bikes, baby equipment and much more from more than 1,000 families who are sellers at the event. This week's schedule at the Kidsignments sale at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds: Tuesday, February 28th is  9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 1 is 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Items are 25% off unless the tag is marked ‘NR' Thursday, March 2 is 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Items are 33% off unless the tag is marked ‘NR'.  Friday, March 3 will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with Items are 40% off unless the tag is marked NR And Saturday, March 4 is 9 a.m.to 6 p.m. and will have Items that are 50% off unless tag is marked NR Head over to Kid Signments dot com for more information. While things didn't go well for Georgia's men's basketball team in Saturday's loss to Missouri, its fans can take solace in what happened Saturday in Norcross. Bulldog signee Lamariyon Jordan went off for 36 points — 27 in the second half — as fourth-ranked Norcross pulled away from Osborne for a 72-60 victory in the Class AAAAAAA second round. The defending state champion Blue Devils (25-4), unbeaten in February, will host Newton at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Elite Eight, marking the fourth time those two have played the last two seasons. Jordan, who also grabbed 12 rebounds, scored the first seven points of the third quarter to open up a more comfortable lead that grew as big as 18 in the second half. The 6-foot-6 wing scored 16 of his team's 20 third-quarter points and made all four of his 3-pointers in the second half. Samarion Bond and Toby Ojukwu up Jordan in the fourth quarter to keep Osborne from making it a close game. Ojukwu, who had four rebounds and three assists, was 5-for-5 from the free-throw line in the fourth. Bilal Abdur-Rahman scored 11 for the Blue Devils. Up next is a rematch with Newton, a team Norcross beat 73-71 earlier this season on Jordan's game-winning 3-pointer in the Hawks-Naismith Classic. The two teams played twice last season, including Norcross' victory in the state semifinals. Gwinnett County has seen a wave of big construction projects in recent years. Lawrenceville got a new arts center and college corridor while the Gas South Convention Center underwent a major expansion; Duluth got a new entertainment district; Sugar Hill built a downtown district; Buford Highway in Suwanee has been transformed with new housing; and the Exchange at Gwinnett has risen out of the ground near Buford. But, the construction isn't finished. Not by a long shot. A new wave of big construction projects, including new development and some redevelopment projects, is coming along across Gwinnett County. From Snellville and Lilburn, to Dacula and out to Peachtree Corners, and even in Lawrenceville, there are major projects that are either already under construction or will be coming up in the next few years. The new wave of big projects offer a range of focuses. Northside Hospital is turning its Gwinnett campus in Lawrenceville into what is expected to eventually be the biggest campus in the hospital system with a new 15-story patient tower. That tower, by the way, will also be one of the tallest building in Gwinnett County when it's done — although the Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta hotel will retain its title as the county's tallest building. Northside is also working on a medical office park on Buford Drive, across the street from the Exchange at Gwinnett, in the Mall of Georgia area. For more information on all the projects in Gwinnett, head over to Gwinnett Daily Post dot com. For the second time in four years, Primerica officials have donated a vehicle to the American Red Cross to help with blood collections across the metro Atlanta area. Primerica and its philanthropic arm, the Primerica Foundation, presented a Ford Transit Connect van to Red Cross officials while also hosting a blood drive on Wednesday. It is the latest action in a longstanding relationship between Primerica and the Red Cross that stretches back to 2011 and has seen more than $400,000 in disaster relief donations and medical equipment given to the Red Cross. Primerica employees have also donated more than 3,000 pints of blood during blood drives held over the last 20 years. Primerica previously donated a Dodge RAM Promaster City Van to the Red Cross in 2019. The vehicle donated this week is expected to help the Red Cross grow its blood supply, coming at a time when the organization is trying to increase its supply across all of Georgia. The new vehicle will be used to transport blood from Red Cross processing, testing and storage centers to patients in hospitals and cancer treatment centers. Primerica officials said the vehicle can also be used for emergency deliveries of rare blood and urgent blood to hospitals that are experiencing shortages. Gwinnett County Public Schools appointed two elementary school principals and a new district-wide instructional technology and innovation chief on Thursday night. The board voted to appoint Ashley Coughlin as the new principal at Berkley Lake Elementary School and Stacey Pickett as the new principal at White Oak Elementary School. Board members also voted to appoint Lisa Watkins as the new executive director of instructional technology and innovation. Coughlin has worked for GCPS since 2007, when she joined the district as a teacher at Suwanee Elementary School.  She moved from Suwanee Elementary to Roberts Elementary School in 2010, where she also served as a teacher. She then became the local school technology coordinator at Harris Elementary School in 2012 and then became an assistant principal a that school in 2014. Pickett has worked in education since 1998, when she became a teacher in DeKalb County Schools. She joined GCPS in 1999 as a Title I teacher at Stripling Elementary School and then moved to Cooper Elementary School as a teacher in 2003. She became the assistant principal at Gwin Oaks Elementary School in 2004 and has been an assistant principal at White Oak Elementary School since 2009. Watkins has worked in education for more than 30 years, with much of that time spent in GCPS. She joined the district in 1991 as a language arts teacher at the Gwinnett Online Campus and stayed in that position until 1999, when she became an instructional lead teacher at the online campus. She became  GCPS' director of school technology in 2017. For more information be sure to visit www.bgpodcastnetwork.com   https://www.lawrencevillega.org/  https://www.foxtheatre.org/  https://guideinc.org/  https://www.psponline.com/  https://www.kiamallofga.com/  https://www.milb.com/gwinnett  https://www.fernbankmuseum.org/  www.atlantagladiators.com            See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Good Morning Gwinnett Podcast
Are You Interesting In Shaping The Future Of Lawrenceville?

Good Morning Gwinnett Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 27, 2023 56:37


https://www.GoodMorningGwinnett.com Listen to the show Monday-Thursday at 10am. Learn all about people and places around Gwinnett County. Hey if you're enjoying the show, horoscope & morning inspiration, help me keep up the good feelings by buying me a cup of coffee. Just click the link below. https://www.buymeacoffee.com/AudreyBKWe need your participation to help shape the future of Lawrenceville!What is the Comprehensive Plan?A comprehensive plan is a guide for a city's future. In a formal sense, it is a long-range document that captures the vision, goals, and objectives of those who call it home. It will include a plan for transportation, housing, land use, economic development, and quality of life.What is a CTP?A Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP) is a county-wide plan that uses the community's input to create a vision and roadmap for different forms of transportation in the future. The CTP will allow us to hone in more on transportation.How can I help?Get involved in the planning process — come to a meeting, take our survey, and visit our website!Visit our website to learn more and provide vital feedback!https://lville.city/plan-feedbackTake the online survey!Attend a public meeting! See less

Gwinnett Daily Post Podcast
Northside tower is on track, but will be shorter than planned

Gwinnett Daily Post Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 26, 2023 13:58


The new tower at Northside Hospital Gwinnett is still on track for completion in 2025, but after consultations with the Federal Aviation Administration the structure will be two stories shorter than originally planned, hospital officials said. In late December, Northside officials announced that they had received approval to add seven stories onto the project at its Lawrenceville campus for a total of 17, which would have made the tower the tallest building in Gwinnett County. But after consultations between Northside and the FAA, a decision was made to lower the tower by two stories — 27 feet — to ensure flight safety since the Gwinnett County Airport at Briscoe Field is nearby. Despite the reduction in floors, Northside's plan is still to add more than 300 beds to the Lawrenceville campus, bringing the total to 696 when the project is complete. That will make Lawrenceville the largest facility in the Northside system, surpassing the Atlanta campus, which has 622 beds. A third of the beds in the tower will be used for critical care, which will replace the original intensive care unit that was built at Northside Gwinnett in the 1980's. The intensive care rooms will be larger than what the current ones with upgrades to meet patient needs. The Gwinnett County Board of Education's leadership will remain unchanged this year after a majority for the board members chose to keep Steve Knudsen as their vice-chairman for this year. Knudsen, who represents District 2 on the school board, served as the board's vice-chairman last year. The board voted last month to keep Board Member Tarece Johnson as its chairwoman, a role she filled last year as well. The board postponed making a decision on a vice-chairman last month because Knudsen was not present for the January board meeting. Knudsen, Johnson and Board Member Mary Kay Murphy voted to keep him as vice-chairman. Board Members Karen Watkins and Adrienne Simmons voted for Simmons to be the vice-chair. Lionheart Theatre in Norcross hosted a staged reading of Diane Dexter's play, “Deli,” in 2022. The experience affected the playwright in several ways. She said hearing her words aloud was unnerving at first. Yet now that the play is scheduled for production at Lionheart from March 3-19, Dexter anticipates seeing what this amazing cast brings to her characters. The journey of creation to presentation is an experience few get to travel, and the message “Deli” conveys is also a personal one. Dexter grew up in a small Pennsylvania town where her family owned a drug store. She experienced firsthand how much hard work it takes to sustain a family business, and what a devastating effect the chain stores had when they opened their doors offering cheaper prices. Lionheart's founder and producing director Tanya Gilmer appreciated the craft and message of Dexter's work. The play itself takes place in 1990 and chain restaurants are cutting into the Davison family deli's income. The customer base is shifting, and the younger generation of customers are exploring other eateries. What happens to a neighborhood institution when the neighborhood changes? A few of the cast members from the 2022 staged reading auditioned for this March production of “Deli” and were cast. Dexter's husband, Jim Dexter, is also in this cast. Performances are scheduled March 3-19 on Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. There are also Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults and $16 for seniors, students and members of the military. Proposed legislation would allow Georgians to create state-funded Education Savings Accounts. Under Senate Bill 233, taxpayers would fund $6,000 per student per school year. Students could use that money to defray "qualified" education costs, including private school tuition. During last year's session, the state Senate scuttled a similar measure, Senate Bill 601, the Georgia Educational Freedom Act. It would have similarly created state-funded Promise Scholarships of up to $6,000 a year, which Georgia families could have used for education expenses, such as private school tuition, tutoring and homeschool curriculum. A separate measure, House Bill 54, would increase the state's tax credit scholarship cap from $120 million annually to $200 million per year starting in 2024. The state's tax credit scholarship program, enacted in 2008, allows individuals and corporations to use part of their state tax obligation for private school scholarships. It is not just the private sector and Gwinnett's cities that are undertaking new big projects in the county. The county's government leaders are involved in some significant economic development projects that will grab headlines for years to come. The most high profile of those is the redevelopment of Gwinnett Place Mall, but the county's economic development team also has gateway development projects at the OFS property in unincorporated Norcross and at the former Olympic Tennis Center property on U.S. Highway 78 near Snellville. The Gwinnett Place Mall redevelopment is a project that business and elected government leaders often point to as one of the biggest projects looming on the horizon in Gwinnett. The mall was a major shopping destination when it opened in 1984, but it had gone into a sharp decline in recent years. County leaders closed on a purchase of most of the mall property — sans the Macy's, Beauty Master, Mega Mart and former Sear's anchors — in 2021. Renderings of what the property could become include a central green space; a cultural community center; retail spaces; dining options; office space; multi—family uses; job and small business support; and other community services. For more information be sure to visit www.bgpodcastnetwork.com   https://www.lawrencevillega.org/  https://www.foxtheatre.org/  https://guideinc.org/  https://www.psponline.com/  https://www.kiamallofga.com/  https://www.milb.com/gwinnett  https://www.fernbankmuseum.org/  www.atlantagladiators.com            See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Gwinnett Daily Post Podcast
Kevn Kinney of Drivin' N Cryin joins us to preview upcoming Georgia shows

Gwinnett Daily Post Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 24, 2023 43:44


We talk with Atlanta music legend Kevn Kinney ahead of his shows in Atlanta and Athens.  Also  A former Doraville police officer who had previously been accused of concealing the death of 16-year-old Norcross resident Susana Morales has now been formally accused of kidnapping and murdering her. The charges against Miles Bryant have been upgraded to include felony murder and kidnapping in connection with Morales' death last July. Bryant was previously charged with concealing the death of another person and false report of a crime. He will continue to face those charges in addition to the new ones. Bryant's employment with Doraville police was terminated when he was arrested earlier this month.  Police now believe that Morales was killed within four hours of her disappearance on the evening of July 26. Morales had gone to visit a friend earlier that evening and had texted her mother when she was walking back to her home just before 10 p.m. Police say Morales encountered Bryant sometime between 10 and 10:30 p.m. on July 26, 2022, and that her death is believed to have occurred sometime between then and 2 a.m. on July 27. Morales' parents had searched for her throughout the night and filed a missing person's report with police at 9 a.m. on July 27. Morales' skeletal remains were found in a wooded area off State Route 316 between Drowning Creek and the Gwinnett-Barrow county line earlier this month. A personal handgun which Bryant had reported missing at about 11 a.m. on July 27 was found near Morales' remains. The cause of Morales' death remains under investigation at this time, however. Run The Reagan has always been a celebratory event in the Snellville area, with the annual road race providing fun, competition and a chance to raise funds for local charities. But this year's race, scheduled for Saturday, will also come with some sadness as those who gather to participate and work the event remember the life of Parks Mann, the race's founder. Mann died on January 6 at the age of 76. A deacon at Smoke Rise Baptist Church, he was known in the community for founding the Run The Reagan race as well as his work with the Gwinnett Community Clinic. Part of Mann's legacy will be on display Saturday when Ronald Reagan Parkway is shut down for the event, which includes a fun run, a 5K, a half-marathon and a full marathon. Upwards of 2,000 people are expected to participate The event, in its 28th year, has been a generous community benefactor for years, raising more than $3 million, which is donated to local charitable organizations. This year the Brookwood Schools Foundation, the Southeast Gwinnett Cooperative Ministry, the South Gwinnett Cluster Foundation and the Lilburn Cooperative Ministry are the charities that will benefit from funds raised by Run The Regan. For high school seniors seeking opportunities to continue their musical education in college, the next several weeks are known as “the audition season.” Peachtree Ridge senior Jihoon Kim will have an excellent experience to help bolster his credentials on the cello when he makes his solo debut in late March with the DeKalb Symphony Orchestra. Kim finished second in a recent concerto competition to earn a spot performing with the iconic DSO, now celebrating its sixth decade. The Suwanee resident will join the orchestra to perform the fourth movement of Edward Elgar's Cello Concerto, a composition he knows very well. Although this will be his first spotlight appearance with an orchestra, Kim is familiar with large ensembles, having performed with the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Emory Youth Symphony and the Georgia Music Educators Association All-State Orchestra. And while he's no stranger to the stage and the spotlight, Kim admitted he's still trying to wrap his head around this prestigious opportunity. Kim has several schools he's interested in and had a late-February in-person audition at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. He has also had zoom auditions with Bard College in New York, the University of Georgia, Columbus State, the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. Kim's performance with the DSO — now under the baton of new music director Paul Bhasin — is set for 8 p.m. on March 21 at the Marvin Cole Auditorium in Clarkston. For more information, visit Dekalb Symphony dot Org. Gwinnett County Police K-9 officer Kai had a tough time last summer after he was shot by a suspect that he was trying to apprehend and subsequently had to have one of his legs amputated because of his injuries. On Tuesday, Gwinnett County commissioners recognized Kai, told him he'd done a good job in his service to the county and said he could now kick back his paws, relax and enjoy retirement. The commissioners voted formally to retire Kai from law enforcement service. Kai's retirement comes after a year in which he made headlines in ways he and his handler, Cpl. Aaron Carlyle, could not have anticipated 12 months ago. A year ago, Kai, a Belgian Malanois, was a newcomer to the Gwinnett police department's K-9 unit, having just joined the department in August 2021, and he looked to have a long career ahead of him. Then, came that fateful day on May 23, 2022, when he was brought in to help track a suspect who was accused of entering a home and threatening his girlfriend and other people who were inside the home in the Lawrenceville area. The suspect had fled the home by the time police had arrived, which is why Kai was brought in to help track him down with aerial assistance from the police department's Aviation Unit. The suspect opened fire at officers who were pursuing him and two of the bullets hit Kai. Kai was in the hospital for three weeks and have to have one of his leg's amputated Police had returned fire and shot the suspect, who was then taken to Northside Gwinnett Hospital while Kai was taken to North Georgia Veterinary Specialists in Buford for treatment. Due to his injuries, Kai's veterinarian, Dr. J.W. Wallis, recommended he be retired last August. Although his doctor recommended his retirement last August, the police department kept him in service for a few more months to help with some police activities that saw him acting as a de facto face of the department. At the Red, Blue and You law enforcement appreciation event last November, for example, he was recognized for his bravery when he received the Purple Heart Award for law enforcement. Sasha Tarassenko, a senior at Paul Duke STEM High School, is one of only three students to win this year's 2022-23 concerto competition with the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra. Sasha, one of the 114 students who make up the symphony's youth ensemble, will have the opportunity to perform a solo flute concerto next season. The Atlanta Youth Symphony Orchestra is under the direction of Resident Conductor and Music Director Jerry Hou. Anh Ho, a percussionist at Collins Hill High School, earned honorable mention. Applications for the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra's 2023-24 season are now open. Applications and auditions are open to rising eighth to 12th grade musicians who play orchestral string, woodwind, brass, and percussion, including piano and harp. For more information be sure to visit www.bgpodcastnetwork.com   https://www.lawrencevillega.org/  https://www.foxtheatre.org/  https://guideinc.org/  https://www.psponline.com/  https://www.kiamallofga.com/  https://www.milb.com/gwinnett  https://www.fernbankmuseum.org/  www.atlantagladiators.com            See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Good Morning Gwinnett Podcast
Gwinnett County Awarded $200K To Improve Road Safety

Good Morning Gwinnett Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 23, 2023 48:09


https://www.GoodMorningGwinnett.com Listen to the show Monday-Thursday at 10am. Learn all about people and places around Gwinnett County. Hey if you're enjoying the show, horoscope & morning inspiration, help me keep up the good feelings by buying me a cup of coffee. Just click the link below. https://www.buymeacoffee.com/AudreyBK______________________________________________The U.S. Department of Transportation's Safe Streets and Roads for All grant program has awarded $200,000 to Gwinnett County to improve road safety conditions. Gwinnett County will contribute an additional $50,000 toward their Countywide Safety Action Plan. With the focus on preventing roadway injuries and fatalities for motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians, Gwinnett County will use the federal and local funds to improve upon the county's roadway safety plan. (The Atlanta Journal Constitution)

Gwinnett Daily Post Podcast
Survivor of Civil Rights Era church bombing speaks at local church

Gwinnett Daily Post Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 22, 2023 15:02


A survivor of a bombing that killed four children at the 16th Street Baptist church in Birmingham, Ala., nearly 60 years ago spoke at Poplar Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Buford this weekend. Sarah J. Collins-Rudolph was a young girl who was at 16th Street Baptist with her sister, Addie Mae Collins, on September15, 1963 when a bomb placed at the African-American church by the Ku Klux Klan exploded. Collins-Rudolph shared her story on Sunday as part of Black History Month observations at the church. The 16th Street Baptist Church bombing is one of the most notorious incidents in the Civil Rights movement of the 1960's. Collins-Rudolph survived the blast although she lost her right eye as a result of her injuries. Her sister, however, was one of four girls who were killed by the explosion. The FBI considered the bombing to be “a most heinous offense” and gathered evidence with as many as 36 agents working on the case at one point. The first 100 customers at Japanese cream puff restaurant chain Beard Papa's newest location in Duluth will receive a free gift when the pastry shop opens later this week. Beard Papa's is set to open its new location at 3350 Steve Reynolds Blvd, Suite 103 in unincorporated Duluth at 10 a.m. on February 25 It will be the pastry chain's third location in Georgia, and its second in Gwinnett County. Its first location in the state opened in Peachtree Corners' Town Center district a few years ago. There is an additional location in Sandy Springs. The first 100 people who show up at Beards Papa's Duluth on the 25th will receive a special gift. Popular local foodie influencers and neighboring business owners are scheduled to make appearances on the opening day. There will also be grand opening day offers. Beard Papa's lets customers choose from one of eight different types of puff shells, and then chose a cream filling that is inserted in the shell in front of them. The chain also has cheesecake, chocolate fondant, other types of pastries, and exclusive blended drinks on its menu. This year's Georgia baseball team has a chance to be special, and you can sense that from each player who speaks confidently about the upcoming 2023 season.  North Gwinnett grad Corey Collins, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound junior catcher for the Bulldogs this season, knows it too.  In his first two seasons, Collins has blasted a combined 19 home runs with 20 doubles and 74 RBIs in 110 games. In 2022, he posted a .994 fielding percentage with 160 putouts and 17 assists in 57 games. A criminal justice major, Collins has made the SEC Academic Honor Roll, too. Now as an upperclassman, he's ready to take the field in a new role. Along with seeing time at catcher and designated hitter, Collins will play in the outfield this season for the first time in his Bulldog career. Collins is one of two Bulldogs on this year's team to be named among Baseball America's top 200 Major League Baseball Draft prospects in the country.  Stricklin, who had eight players sign professional contracts last year, is excited to see Collins and others possibly get that chance as well. Collins said he already gets the opportunity to live out a dream playing for the Bulldogs, who he grew up watching and loving. The life-affirming song “I Hope You Dance” accompanied the traditional academic procession and recession of the Class of 2024 during their White Coat Ceremony, dubbed “the most unique White Coat Ceremony in the history of PCOM” by class chair Andrew Wilson. Having started pharmacy school at the beginning of the pandemic when most of the world was shutting down, the 79 class members decided to delay a virtual ceremony in 2020 to an in-person ceremony two and a half years later on Feb. 10. This decision mirrors the decisions class members will make as pharmacists. Shawn Spencer, PhD, RPh, dean and chief academic officer of the PCOM School of Pharmacy, extolled the students. He said, “You are not only becoming a pharmacist, but also a leader, mentor and a role model.” He added, “As healthcare professionals, you will be called upon to make difficult and complex decisions, and you will be relied upon to act with compassion, integrity and dedication to your patients who need you.” He called the ceremony “a rite of passage that symbolizes our commitment to the advancement of human health and the betterment of our most vulnerable communities.” The students were called to the stage where they were coated by faculty members five at a time. Wearing their white coats and a new PCOM School of Pharmacy pin, the Class of 2024 recited their class  mission statement led by Dr. Spencer. The class concluded the ceremony, attended by a multitude of family and friends, by reciting a Pledge of Professionalism led by John Tovar, PharmD, associate professor and chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice.  Georgia disability advocates are calling for the creation of a special commission devoted to the problems Georgians with intellectual and developmental disabilities face. State Senator Sally Harrell, a Democrat from Atlanta, introduced legislation this week that would create an “Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Innovation Commission” akin to the highly successful behavioral health commission formed in 2019. Harrell's proposal has drawn bipartisan support, including from Republican Senate co-sponsors John Albers of Roswell, Mike Dugan of Carrollton, Chuck Hufstetler of Rome, and Ben Watson of Savannah. The 22-member commission would include members appointed by the governor, the lieutenant governor, and the speaker of the House of Representatives. Appointees would include, among others, people with intellectual or developmental disabilities and their family members and caregivers. The commission would be required to focus on proposed changes to state laws and regulations around providing services to people with disabilities. The Senate Health and Human Services Committee will need to approve Harrell's bill before it can move to the Senate floor for a vote. Providence Christian's boys were represented well on the All-Region 8-AA Basketball Team, including Region Player of the Year honors to Samuel Thacker. Thacker and the Storm won the Region 8-AA Tournament over the weekend, earning a Number 1 seed for the state playoffs. Providence head coach Joey Thacker was the 8-AA Coach of the Year, while the all-region team featured four other Storm players — Thomas Malcolm, Devin Long, Kamron Carryl, Chandler Dunn. Providence will start off the playoffs tonight hosting Rockmart High School at the Storm Center. For more information be sure to visit www.bgpodcastnetwork.com   https://www.lawrencevillega.org/  https://www.foxtheatre.org/  https://guideinc.org/  https://www.psponline.com/  https://www.kiamallofga.com/  https://www.milb.com/gwinnett  https://www.fernbankmuseum.org/  www.atlantagladiators.com            See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Good Morning Gwinnett Podcast
Meet The Men Of Georgia Gwinnett College AAMI/Elite Program

Good Morning Gwinnett Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 22, 2023 48:00


https://www.GoodMorningGwinnett.com Listen to the show Monday-Thursday at 10am. Learn all about people and places around Gwinnett County. Hey if you're enjoying the show, horoscope & morning inspiration, help me keep up the good feelings by buying me a cup of coffee. Just click the link below. https://www.buymeacoffee.com/AudreyBK________________________________________________The AAMI is an initiative of the University System of Georgia, launched to improve black male graduation rates in its 26 schools, including GGC. GGC's AAMI/Elite Scholars program, debuted at the college in 2011. It's designed to meet students where they are, according to Dr. Brandon Lewis, who began overseeing the initiative in 2021. Lewis, an associate professor in GGC's School of Education, sees the program as the catalyst that attracts historically marginalized students, gives them an outlet for their experiences and feelings and offers a way for them to navigate their college experience — and beyond — with purpose.SOURCE:www.GwinnettDailyPost.com Curt Yeomans

Gwinnett Daily Post Podcast
GNR Public Health to provide Narcan kits for free in Norcross and Lawrenceville

Gwinnett Daily Post Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 21, 2023 18:58


Gwinnett County residents can now get an overdose-reversing kit for free from local health officials in case they are worried that they, or someone they care about, might be in danger from opioid use. GNR Public Health announced on Friday that it is making the Narcan kits available to anyone over 18 in its three-county footprint. Narcan is a substance that can be used on someone, who is suffering from an overdose, to save their life. Narcan has been available for a few years to law enforcement officers to carry with them in case they encounter someone who is experiencing an overdose, but there has been a push in recent years to get it into the hands of community members as well in an effort to reduce opioid use related deaths. Each kit that GNR Public Health is providing to community members includes two naloxone doses as well as a pouch to carry them in, a CPR face shield and information about how to administer the doses as well as the medical amnesty law, recovery and treatment options. The kits are available at the Lawrenceville Health Center, located at 455 Grayson Highway Suite 300, and the Norcross Health Center, which is located at 5030 Georgia Belle Court. Health officials said their staff is trained to teach people how to properly administer Narcan, and they will review the instructions with each person who picks up a kit. A federal judge sentenced a Buford man to six years in prison on Friday for his role in a Ponzi scheme involving cattle trading. Buford resident Ron Throgmartin , and Galesburg, Illinois resident Reva Joyce Stachniw were convicted last August on one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, five counts of wire fraud, and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. Stachniw was sentenced to six years in prison as well on Friday. The U.S. Department of Justice said Throgmartin and Stachniw, as well as another co-conspirator, were accused in court documents of “fraudulently representing to victims that their investments were backed by short-term investments in Stachniw and Throgmartin's cattle and marijuana businesses.” Victims gave them money under the assumption that it would go where they had been told it would go, but the dollars instead went to paying back earlier investors, according to prosecutors. The Department of Justice said victims lost millions of dollars as a result. In addition to their jail time, Throgmartin and Stachniw were also ordered by a federal judge to each pay nearly $14.6 million in restitution. Throgmartin must forfeit just over $1 million, while Stachniw must forfeit just over $6 million, as well. As visitors walk to county offices at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center his month, they are greeted with images of Black people engaging in every day life. There is a group of Black women enjoying a Sunday tea together in one painting by Gwinnett-based artist Shoghi Lombard. Another painting by Lombard shows three black women in white dresses lifting their arms to the heavens as they offer praise to God. Sitting next to image of the praying women is another Lombard painting of three different Black women who are also wearing in white dresses, but this group is in a field together. Across the aisle, there is a painting by a Gwinnett County Public Schools student of a Black couple relaxing as they lay next to each other in a field of grass together. A young Black man is shown in profile in a portrait, by another GCPS student, that is nestled among paintings by other students. The paintings are part of Gwinnett County government's annual Black History Month display, which is devoted this year to highlighting locally produced Black art. Gwinnettians who cannot make it during the day to see the display will have a chance to see it at night this week. County officials will commemorate Black History Month with a Heritage Night Celebration on tonight night at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, which is located at 75 Langley Drive in Lawrenceville. The event will begin with food and socializing at 6:30 p.m., with the celebration itself beginning at 7 p.m. The Berean Christian Church Choir and representatives from GCPS will perform and poet laureate Hank Stewart will speak as well. The Black History Month display is part of the build up to the event, and it gives people who cannot attend the celebration a way to reflect on Gwinnett's Black community, and its history, at any time during February. The display will remain up at GJAC until March 1. In most of the Georgia High School Association's classifications, the team point total put forth by Buford and Mill Creek would've been good enough to win the state title at the 2023 traditional wrestling tournament.  Unfortunately for the Wolves and Hawks, they happen to reside in Class AAAAAAA, domain to Camden County, which claimed its seventh straight team title in the state's largest classification and ninth straight overall Saturday at the Macon Centreplex.  The Wildcats piled up 233 team points with state placers in all 14 weight classes, including three state champions, to edge the Wolves, which finished as runner up with 219 points behind 11 state placers and two state champions — Drew Gorman, who pinned Parkview's to win the individual title at 136 pounds, and Gavin Pope, who outpointed North Paulding's Josh Denson for a 5-4 decision to win the title at 144. Meanwhile, Mill Creek's total of 158.5 – paced by state champions Antonio Mills (46-1) at 113, Blue Stiffler at 126, Amantee Mills  at 132 and Dominic Bambinelli at 165 and three other state placers – was good enough for third place, the highest placing for the Hawks. Despite coming up just short of the team title with such a strong showing, Buford coach Tom Beuglas has no complaints about the result, or with the way his Wolves wrestled this weekend. Mill Creek coach Nathan White expressed similar sentiments about his team's historic finish, which continues a strong set of showings on the state level that started last season. . Two Tuesday Morning stores in Gwinnett County, located in Buford and Snellville, are among the 12 Georgia stores that the home decor retailer plans to close soon as it goes through bankruptcy proceedings. The news of the stores slated for closure comes on the heels of Tuesday Morning's bankruptcy filing on Tuesday. The chain plans to close about 264 of its 464 stores as part of a restructuring, claiming the stores slated to be shut down are in “unprofitable locations,” according to bankruptcy documents. The Mall of Georgia store Boulevard in Buford and the Presidential Commons store in Snellville are among the stores slated to close. Tuesday Morning officials have not announced specific closing dates for either location, but going out of business sales have already begun, according to the chain's website.  It's no secret that with the many diversions — both worth and unworthy — available to young people, reading for pleasure is often not a priority. But if an appreciation for the printed word starts early, there's a greater chance that children will embrace reading as they grow. To that end, Disney On Ice and Monster Jam have collaborated with public libraries in the Atlanta area to encourage young readers to take part in an initiative that will entitle them to free tickets (with the purchase of an adult ticket) to either “Disney On Ice presents Find Your Hero” or Monster Jam, both of which will make Atlanta-area appearances in April. Children — ages 2 to 12 — are urged to visit their local public libraries in Gwinnett, Henry and Barrow counties to collect a reward club card, which will detail the steps to earn a free ticket. Once five or more books have been read, the child and their parent or guardian can redeem the reward club card for a free ticket. Libraries participating in the “Disney On Ice presents Find Your Hero” offer include the 16 branches of the Gwinnett Public Library, the five branches of the Henry County Library System, the Auburn Pubic Library and the Winder Public Library, among others. Libraries participating in the Monster Jam offer include the Auburn Public Library, the Henry County Library System and the Winder Public Library. “Disney On Ice presents Find Your Hero” is scheduled to visit the Gas South Arena in Dultuh from April 20-23. Free tickets can be redeemed for performances at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, at 11 a.m. or 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 21, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 22 and at 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 23. For more information be sure to visit www.bgpodcastnetwork.com   https://www.lawrencevillega.org/  https://www.foxtheatre.org/  https://guideinc.org/  https://www.psponline.com/  https://www.kiamallofga.com/  https://www.milb.com/gwinnett  https://www.fernbankmuseum.org/  www.atlantagladiators.com          See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Good Morning Gwinnett Podcast
Overdose Reversal Kits Are Available For Free To Gwinnett Residents

Good Morning Gwinnett Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 21, 2023 50:31


https://www.GoodMorningGwinnett.com Listen to the show Monday-Thursday at 10am. Learn all about people and places around Gwinnett County. Hey if you're enjoying the show, horoscope & morning inspiration, help me keep up the good feelings by buying me a cup of coffee. Just click the link below. https://www.buymeacoffee.com/AudreyBK______________________________________________Gwinnett County residents can now get an overdose-reversing kit for free from local health officials in case they are worried that they, or someone they care about, might be in danger from opioid use.GNR Public Health announced on Friday that it is making the Narcan kits available to anyone over 18 in its three-county footprint. Narcan is a substance that can be used on someone, who is suffering from an overdose, to save their life.The kits are available at the Lawrenceville Health Center, located at 455 Grayson Highway Suite 300, and the Norcross Health Center, which is located at 5030 Georgia Belle Court.SOURCE: www.GwinnettDailyPost.com

Good Morning Gwinnett Podcast
Short Show Today, Because It's My Birthday & I'm Grateful

Good Morning Gwinnett Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 20, 2023 35:29


https://www.GoodMorningGwinnett.com Listen to the show Monday-Thursday at 10am. Learn all about people and places around Gwinnett County. Hey if you're enjoying the show, horoscope & morning inspiration, help me keep up the good feelings by buying me a cup of coffee. Just click the link below. https://www.buymeacoffee.com/AudreyBK

Gwinnett Daily Post Podcast
Police identify 13-year-old boy shot in Norcross area

Gwinnett Daily Post Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 17, 2023 22:18


A 13-year-old boy has been identified by Gwinnett County police as the teen who died after he was shot in the middle of a Norcross area street Tuesday night. Jaeden Travis was shot on Windward Lane in unincorporated Norcross, near his home. Police were called to the scene at about 5:40 p.m. on Tuesday, and found Travis laying in the street. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he later died from his injuries. Police are continuing to investigate who shot Travis and why they shot him, according to Cpl. William Wolfe. The Gwinnett County Police Department Homicide and Crime Scene Investigations Units spent the evening combing the area and interviewing neighbors. Anyone who has information about who shot Travis, or why they shot him, is asked to call detectives or Crime Stoppers, which lets tipsters remain anonymous. Drivers in the Lilburn area have a new place to go when they need to renew the tag on their vehicles. The Gwinnett County Tax Commissioner's Office announced a new tag renewal kiosk has been installed at the Kroger located at 300 Five Forks Trickum Road in Lilburn. It is the ninth tag renewal kiosk in Gwinnett County. Vehicle owners can use the kiosk to renew their license plate without having to wait in a line at a tag office. It will be available during the store's operating hours, which are 6 a.m. until 11 p.m. The kiosks accept debit and credit cards, and users will have to pay a small convenience fee to use them. The Tax Commissioner's Office does have 24hour kiosks at its Lawrenceville and North Gwinnett offices, in addition to the seven kiosks that are located at retail businesses.  In many ways, the city of Lawrenceville and Lawrenceville First United Methodist Church have grown and developed together, as the city was incorporated in 1821 (making it the second-oldest municipality in metro Atlanta) and the church was established just two years later. As the church celebrates its 200th anniversary this year, Senior Pastor Adam Hilderbrandt is adamant that the city and the church continue their centuries-long connection through an initiative known as “Lawrenceville First.” Lawrenceville First UMC has offered a helping hand to a number of entities in the community, including homeless shelters, food cooperatives and the schools in the Central Gwinnett Cluster. The church, which was founded in February 1823 by the Rev. William Justice Parks, is focusing on its anniversary this month, with special services each week. On the first Sunday of February, a confirmation celebration was held, and on the second Sunday of the month, Lawrenceville FUMC's community partners were invited to speak to the congregation. This Sunday , former pastor Davis Chappell — now senior pastor at Brentwood United Methodist Church in Brentwood, Tennessee — will return to preach, and a very special dedication is also planned. Hilderbrandt noted that from 1904 until 1972, the church met in the building which now houses the Aurora Theatre, which plays a role in the special ceremony.  Six Berkmar High School students were chosen to display their ceramic artwork at this year's 2023 Georgia High School Ceramic Arts Awards and Symposium. The Georgia High School Ceramic Arts Awards and Symposium is an annual gathering of ceramic artists from around the state of Georgia. The symposium consists of a Juried Student Exhibition and several hands-on workshops. The exhibition showcases ceramic art made by high school students from both public and private high schools throughout the state. The exhibition took place on January 21 at LaGrange College's Lamar Dodd Art Center and showcased art from students from 26 different schools. The GCPS students selected for this year's symposium include the following Berkmar students: ♦ Evelyn Garcia, junior ♦ Joselyn Pineda Tejada, senior ♦ Joselin Reyes, junior ♦ Kristine Vuu, junior ♦ Nayeishka Morales Collado, junior ♦ and Yolibeth Contreras, senior The GFWC Lilburn Women's Club is looking for local restaurants who want to come together and offer the community a sampling of their dishes. The club is set to host its first Taste of Lilburn event from 4 until 7 p.m. on April 29 at Salem Missionary Baptist Church's Heritage Hall. In anticipation of that event, the group is now taking applications from restaurants, bakeries and chefs to have a booth at it. Anyone who would like to apply to have a booth at the event can find the application at Taste of Lilburn dot org. Applications are now being accepted for the award-winning Suwanee Youth Leaders, a nine-month leadership program led by the city of Suwanee. The program is a community-based leadership experience that focuses on developing young leaders through structured educational programs and team-building activities. With a mission to “empower young leaders to connect inside the community and make an impact outside the classroom,” the program centers on civic involvement, leadership skills, and volunteer opportunities. Students will have the opportunity to participate in monthly learning sessions, including a two-day retreat, listen to guest speakers, attend field trips, and participate in several hands-on projects including event planning and a community service initiative. The Class of 2023-24 will begin meeting in August of 2023 with new sophomores and juniors, and will meet throughout the school year until April 2024. The city will accept applications between Feb. 15 and March 31. Eligible students will be current high school freshmen and sophomores who live in the North Gwinnett, Peachtree Ridge, and Collins Hill clusters, as well as home school and private school students who reside within those clusters. For more information or to apply, go to Suwanee dot com.   For more information be sure to visit www.bgpodcastnetwork.com   https://www.lawrencevillega.org/  https://www.foxtheatre.org/  https://guideinc.org/  https://www.psponline.com/  https://www.kiamallofga.com/  https://www.milb.com/gwinnett  https://www.fernbankmuseum.org/  www.atlantagladiators.com          See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Gwinnett Daily Post Podcast
News Minute: Police identify teen shot in Norcross area street

Gwinnett Daily Post Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 16, 2023 1:31


A 13-year-old boy has been identified by Gwinnett County police as the teen who died after he was shot in the middle of a Norcross area street Tuesday night. Jaeden Travis was shot on Windward Lane in unincorporated Norcross, near his home. Police were called to the scene at about 5:40 p.m. on Tuesday, and found Travis laying in the street. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he later died from his injuries. For more information be sure to visit www.bgpodcastnetwork.com   https://www.lawrencevillega.org/  https://www.foxtheatre.org/  https://guideinc.org/  https://www.psponline.com/  https://www.kiamallofga.com/  https://www.milb.com/gwinnett  https://www.fernbankmuseum.org/  www.atlantagladiators.com          See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Good Morning Gwinnett Podcast
New Tag Renewal Office In Lilburn

Good Morning Gwinnett Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 16, 2023 51:52


https://www.GoodMorningGwinnett.com Listen to the show Monday-Thursday at 10am. Learn all about people and places around Gwinnett County. Hey if you're enjoying the show, horoscope & morning inspiration, help me keep up the good feelings by buying me a cup of coffee. Just click the link below. https://www.buymeacoffee.com/AudreyBKDrivers in the Lilburn area have a new place to go when they need to renew the tag on their vehicles.The Gwinnett County Tax Commissioner's Office announced a new tag renewal kiosk has been installed at the Kroger located at 300 Five Forks Trickum Road in Lilburn. It is the ninth tag renewal kiosk in Gwinnett County.Vehicle owners can use the kiosk to renew their license plate without having to wait in a line at a tag office. It will be available during the store's operating hours, which are 6 a.m. until 11 p.m.

Good Morning Gwinnett Podcast
What's Your Thoughts On Gwinnett Ride, Share With Gwinnett Leaders

Good Morning Gwinnett Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 15, 2023 23:24


Gwinnett County continues to develop its effort in reimagining the future of public transit with a series of Ride Gwinnett Idea Labs. The idea labs are an opportunity for Transit riders, residents, and stakeholders to work with the County on its Transit Development Plan. Join in on an upcoming idea lab to share your feedback:Wednesday, February 22 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm: Buford Senior Center, 2755 Sawnee Avenue in BufordMonday, February 27 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm: Lilburn Activity Building, 788 Hillcrest Road in LilburnTuesday, February 28 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm: Norcross Cultural Arts and Community Center, 10 College Street in NorcrossSaturday, March 4 from 10:00am to noon: Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, 75 Langley Drive in Lawrenceville Launched in the spring of 2022, Gwinnett's Transit https://www.GoodMorningGwinnett.com Listen to the show Monday-Thursday at 10am. Learn all about people and places around Gwinnett County. Hey if you're enjoying the show, horoscope & morning inspiration, help me keep up the good feelings by buying me a cup of coffee. Just click the link below. https://www.buymeacoffee.com/AudreyBK________________________________________________Development Plan is evaluating both present and future transit needs and services provided by regional partners, including the Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority and Xpress

Closer Look with Rose Scott
APS Superintendent discusses her top priorities for the district; New afterschool program launches in Gwinnett County

Closer Look with Rose Scott

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 15, 2023 50:35


Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Lisa Herring returns to “Closer Look” to discuss pursuing more business partnerships to expand the district's career programs for students. Dr. Amber Ebert, an assistant professor of science education and the secondary education department chair at Georgia Gwinnett College, discusses the launch of Grizzly Academy Dreamers.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Gwinnett Daily Post Podcast
Doraville police officer charged in concealing Norcross teen's death

Gwinnett Daily Post Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 15, 2023 14:43


A Doraville police officer has been arrested in connection with the death of a 16-year-old Norcross teen whose body was found off State Route 316 last week. Gwinnett County police are still investigating how Susana Morales died. She went missing last July while walking home and her body was found near the Gwinnett-Barrow county line on February 6. Gwinnett law enforcement officials have not released details of how Doraville Police Officer Miles Bryant was involved in the Morales case. He has not been charged with killing Morales, but he has been charged with false report of a crime and concealing the death of another. Bryant is a Norcross resident, according to Gwinnett County police. Doraville police said they were notified on Monday afternoon that arrest warrants would be served against Bryant. Doraville officials said Bryant is no longer employed by the city's police department. A new bill would prohibit transgender Georgians under 18 from receiving gender-affirming hormone therapy or surgery. The Bill's main sponsor is Senator Clint Dixon, a Republican from Gwinnett County. The eight-page bill includes a long list of procedures that would be barred, including gender-affirming hormone therapy and surgical procedures. The legislation includes some exceptions, including for people who are “born with a medically verifiable disorder of sex development” and for the treatment of “a physical disorder … injury … or illness that is certified by a physician.” A physician who provides any of the services to a person under 18 would be considered to have committed “unprofessional conduct” and would be subject to discipline by their licensing board. The bill would also require school employees to inform parents if their child is transgender. Medical groups, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, support gender-affirming care for transgender children when the physician and family deem it appropriate. One unintended consequence of the bill could be the prohibition of circumcision, said state Senator Kim Jackson, a Democrat from Stone Mountain. That's because the bill includes a provision that would prohibit the removal of “any healthy or nondiseased body part or tissue.” Circumcision is a common practice and is a required or strongly encouraged in some religions, including Judaism and Islam. A statue of Martin Luther King Jr. that will be featured at the Rodney Cook Sr. Peace Park will reside in Atlanta, but it has major Gwinnett County connections. Local philanthropists Clyde and Sandra Strickland are helping fund the statue — which will depict Dr. King in a pastor's robe and holding an open Bible — and longtime Gwinnett artist Kathy Fincher is one of the sculptors. Fincher and the Stricklands are lifetime friends, and their collaboration on the MLK statue was born out of a mutual desire to depict the civil rights leader in a way he had not been previously shown. Kathy Fincher wanted to emphasize the role faith played in Dr. King's life. That's why she wanted to show him in a pastor's robe, looking upward while delivering his famous "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech, which was also the wish of the National Monument Foundation. The sculpture, which she is working on with Athens artist Stan Mullin, also shows a Bible open to scripture about Moses. The statue will be unveiled on April 1 followed by a World Peace Revival "Peace Walk." Clyde Strickland said the sculpture will not only make its mark on that day, but for decades to come.  Legislation introduced into the Georgia House of Representatives Monday marks the latest effort to legalize sports betting in Georgia. House Bill 380, sponsored by state Representative Marcus Wiedower, a Republican from Watkinsville, is being supported by the Metro Atlanta Chamber. Like sports betting legislation floated in past years in the General Assembly, Wiedower's bill calls for sports betting to be overseen by the Georgia Lottery Corp. Unlike previous sports betting bills, the new measure would allow for two types of sports betting licenses. It calls for awarding up to 16 Type 1 licenses to companies that would provide online sports betting services. A second variety of licenses – known as Type 2 – would go to brick-and-mortar businesses in Georgia that would offer in-person sports betting. Sports betting legislation in past years has been limited strictly to online betting. Licensees would pay 15% of their adjusted gross incomes to the state in the form of a “privilege tax” that would be set aside to help fund education in Georgia. The bill sets out penalties for violators and includes provisions requiring companies involved in sports betting to offer programs to help problem gamblers. North Gwinnett Middle School orchestra teacher Sarah Ball has been honored with the 2023 Elizabeth A. H. Green School Educator Award. According to Gwinnett County Public Schools officials, Ball earned the recognition "for her profound impact on string education in her community, state, and beyond." The honor is a national award presented annually by the American String Teachers Association to one school string teacher with a current and distinguished career in a school orchestral setting. From her award nomination letter, her co-teacher Amy Clement stated, “… she is a passionate music educator who enjoys sharing her love of teaching with others. She has recruited countless numbers of students, mentored many student teachers, inspired hundreds of music educators, and of the highest compliment, she has even had several former students become orchestra teachers to follow in her footsteps.” As a creative mind and innovative advocate for string education, Ball has connected, inspired, taught, coached, and developed current and future generations of string students and teachers. According to GCPS officials, Ball has not only been a leader in Gwinnett County schools "but also shared her light beyond her school district with incomparable engagement and motivational strategies in state, local, regional, and national presentations, and guest clinician performances. Her service to the profession is greatly valued and appreciated." The award reviewers also noted these activities as incredibly influential – including serving as GMEA orchestra division chair, as Georgia ASTA president, and as a member-at-large on the national ASTA board. The impact that she has made in guest conducting roles not only influences those students in the ensembles, but also their teachers and families. Ball will receive the award during a presentation at the national conference in Orlando in March. Cherokee Bluff already knew Seckinger wasn't an ordinary first-year boys basketball program after the regular season meeting between the two teams in December. In case the host Bears had forgotten, however, the Jaguars gave them a reminder during their Region 8-AAAA Tournament quarterfinal Monday night at Cherokee Bluff. Seckinger got balanced scoring and held off multiple Cherokee Bluff attempts at a rally to earn the program's first state tournament bid with a 65-54 victory. Carter Watkins led Seckinger with 15 points, 10 rebounds and three assists, but had plenty of help, with three other players in double figures and a fourth nearly joining them. That total team effort not only put the Jaguars in the state tournament, it also moved them into the region semifinals, where they will take on Number 4 state-ranked Madison County on Thursday night. For more information be sure to visit www.bgpodcastnetwork.com   https://www.lawrencevillega.org/  https://www.foxtheatre.org/  https://guideinc.org/  https://www.psponline.com/  https://www.kiamallofga.com/  https://www.milb.com/gwinnett  https://www.fernbankmuseum.org/  www.atlantagladiators.com          See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.