Gwinnett County police were called out to a Sugar Hill home on Tuesday morning and were in a SWAT standoff. Police said they responded to a home near Sycamore Summit NE, which is in the vicinity of Sycamore Elementary School. According to Daily Post news partner Fox 5 Atlanta, police said the situation began when Brookhaven officers attempted to serve a warrant at the home. Neighbors said they heard shots and a male suspect barricaded himself inside the home, Fox 5 reported. Police said the others who lived in the home were outside and no one appears to have been injured. Head over to Gwinnett Daily Post dot com for more information. Gwinnett County police are asking for people who were in the area where a Norcross teenager went missing last summer to come forward in case they have any information about what happened to her. Master Police Officer Hideshi Valle said 16-year-old Susana Morales disappeared on July 26, 2022 while she was walking along Singleton Road, in unincorporated Norcross, to her home, which is located on Santa Anna Drive. Morales sent a text to her mother at 9:40 p.m. on the day of her disappearance and said she was one her way home, but she never arrived. Police are looking for anyone who was in the area of Singleton Road, Steve Reynolds Boulevard and Oak Loch Trace on the night of Morales' disappearance to step forward. Morales left her family's home at about 6 p.m. on the day of her disappearance and walked to a friend's house, which is located nearby. Valle said a phone location app showed Morales appeared to be walking along Singleton Road, in the direction of her home, from Windscape Village Lane between 10:07 p.m. and 10:21 p.m. The phone then showed she was somewhere on Oak Loch Trace between 10:21 p.m. and 10:26 p.m., and she continued to be in that area until her phone was either turned off or died. Morales is described as a Hispanic female who has curly brown hair, brown eyes, two nose rings and a pierced lip. Valle said she is about 5-feet, 2-inches tall and weighs about 117 pounds. Police have released two photos of her. Anyone who has information about Morales' whereabouts is asked to call detectives or Crime Stoppers, which is offering a $2,000 reward for information that leads to Morales' safe return. The Gwinnett County Republican Party announced it will host a niece of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. during its Black History Month program this weekend. The Gwinnett GOP's program will be held during its monthly breakfast at 8:45 a.m., on Feb. 4 at the party's headquarters, which is located at 80 Boulder Brook Circle in Lawrenceville. Alveda C. King will be the keynote speaker at the event, which will also feature speeches by FallBack Production Studios co-founder Lucretia Hughes and retired U.S. Marine Corps veteran Charles Lollar. Iraq war veteran Takosha Swan will provide a musical performance. Anyone who would like to attend the event can register at Gwinnett Republicans dot com. Although former Gwinnett resident Lou Llerandi retired from coaching baseball more than a decade ago, he's still in the game. In 2018, Llerandi, who coached and taught at Duluth and Norcross High Schools, established Llerandi Gloves, providing baseball and softball players with an alternative to high-priced brand-named equipment. Although the baseball glove market isn't an easy one to break into, Llerandi said he's sold about 1,000 gloves and touts that while players can selected stock-model gloves, he can also custom-make a mitt from a variety of web and color options. He's also sold a lot of infield training gloves (which are particularly small), softball gloves and even a couple of left-handed catcher's mitts. A Tampa native, Llerandi said he sells Japanese Kip Leather gloves for $290, steer hide gloves for $250 and cowhide for $180, prices he said include shipping and embroidery. The gloves are made in China, at the same manufacturing plant utilized by Marucci Sports and Under Armour. A big moment for Llerandi and his brand came this past spring when the Odessa (Texas) College Wranglers, who bought gloves for the team, finished third in the NJCAA Division I national tournament. The company also has endorsements from two professionals. Carlos Tosca, who some may recall as Fredi Gonzalez's bench coach for the Atlanta Braves from 2011 to 2016 and at the turn of the century managed the Kansas City Royals for a couple of years, is a friend of Llerandi's and offered his support. Shelby Pendley, a veteran softball professional who was a three-time All-American at Oklahoma, has also given her endorsement. Noting that most major college baseball and softball programs have equipment agreements in place but Division II, Division III and NAIA schools do not, Llerandi looks forward to the potential of the coming year. The Philadelphia Winn Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution recently honored Berkmar High School teacher Lloyd Williams with its Outstanding Teacher in American History Award. Club officials said the award is determined “by the candidate's knowledge of American history and the readiness that it is shared with students, the spirit of patriotism and loyal support for our country and constitutional government, the ability to relate history to modern life” and that the teacher require excellence at all times from students and enjoy a good rapport with them. The award includes a certificate, a monetary award and a challenge coin that states the DAR objectives of historic preservation, patriotism and education. Williams has taught at Berkmar High School for 16 years. He represented his school in the “American History” grant, which led to his leading workshops and presentations to other teachers of history. According to the Philadelphia Winn Chapter, Williams personally developed much of the material for several electives in the social studies field, including contemporary and controversial issues as well as ethnic studies, all in an effort to provide a meaningful experience for his students that will carry them into adulthood as lifelong learners. Williams' colleagues stress what an interactive and innovative approach he uses to engage his students, as well as his generosity to fellow teachers, sharing the content he has created for student treasure hunts and the means to understand events such as the American Revolution, the War of 1812, Westward Expansion as well as many more current and important events that make up our American history. Williams will now be considered as a candidate for the DAR State OTAH award, which will be announced in February. Grayson repeated as Gwinnett County ninth-grade girls basketball champions with a 49-46 win over Norcross in the tournament finals this past Saturday at Lanier. The Rams, who finished the season with a 13-3 record, defeated Lanier 50-39 in the semifinals. They are coached by Bill Batchelor. Members of the championship team are Danielle Tatum, Zaria Belyeu, Logan Kilgore, Lily Davis, Sami Bradford, India Davis, Carley Davis, Amaia Coley, Destiny Anifowoshe, Janaya Johnson, Nyomi Blakey, Dorothy Robinson, Jurnee Roberts, Brianna Williams and Marley Schook. The team's managers are Kendra Akoto and Kourtney Wallace. 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 Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office said it is sending its condolences to the family of Tyre Nichols and will recognize the right of Gwinnettians who chose to peacefully protest — but it insists the events that led to Nichols death in Memphis, Tenn., do not represent all law enforcement. The sheriff's office issued a statement on Friday night after Memphis police released body cam videos showing police officers kicking, beating and pepper spraying Nichols during a traffic stop on January 7. Nichols later died from his injuries and five Memphis police officers were fired for their roles in the incident, and then charged with second-degree murder this past week. “The Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office is saddened by the tragedy that resulted in the death of Mr. Tyre Nichols,” Gwinnett Sheriff's Office officials said in a statement. “We send our heartfelt prayers and sincerest condolences to the family, friends, and close associates of Mr. Nichols. “The actions that occurred on January 7 are unacceptable and do not reflect law enforcement standards and procedures. Although this incident took place in another state, the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office acknowledges the hurt, anger, and distress it has caused.” The release of the videos Friday night had law enforcement across the nation preparing to face protests over the Memphis police officer's treatment of Nichols, but also concerned that the protests could turn violent. Nichols family has urged people upset over his death to only protest peacefully. Half of the Gas South District — including its ballroom — was closed in 2022 because of a major renovation. But the convention facility still managed to have its best year financially in its three-decade history, according to officials at the center. The Gwinnett County Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors received an update on the Gas South District's 2022 financial situation as well as event attendance this past Wednesday. What they heard from Jennifer Silas, who is the center's executive director of finances, is that net revenues hit an all-time high last year. Even if grant funding that the Gas South District had received during the pandemic was taken out of the equation, the center's revenues last year would still be one of its best years financially in its history. The Gas South District, which is set to open the newly renovated portion of its building on Wednesday, had net revenues of nearly $5.1 million last year. The Gas South District brought in $8.3 million from event revenues and nearly $6.8 million in other operating revenues, for a total of nearly $15.1 million in gross income. When the center's officials were budgeting for 2022, by comparison, they only planned to bring in $9.6 million last year. On the expense side, the Gas South District had $10 million in expenses last year. And, that was with only half of the Gas South District being open to the public while the other half, including the ballroom, was stripped down to its skeleton and rebuilt. The renovated portion of the center is set to reopen to the public with a grand opening celebration this week. The first events in the renovated ballroom are set to take place on Thursday and Friday. Meadowcreek junior Champ Thompson committed Saturday to the Clemson University football program. The 6-foot-2, 275-pound defensive lineman is a four-star recruit in the 247Sports composite rankings, which have him as the Number 34 player in Georgia and the No. 241 player nationally. He was a second-team all-county and first-team all-region selection last season for Meadowcreek's state playoff team. He had 38 tackles (seven for losses) and three sacks. He is the son of former Atlanta Falcons lineman Michael Thompson. He joins a Tigers program that has several sons of NFL players, including former Atlanta Falcons running back Jamal Anderson's son, Jamal Anderson Junior, who will be a freshman linebacker this season at Clemson after a stellar career at Mill Creek. State Senator Nikki Merritt of Grayson, will lead the Gwinnett County Senate Delegation for the next two years while two freshmen state senators will join her on the delegation's executive board. The county's Senate delegation elected its executive board on Wednesday. Merritt will serve as the chairwoman while state Senator Nabilah Islam from Lawrenceville, and Shawn Still, from Norcross, will serve as the vice-chairwoman and secretary respectively. In addition to Merritt, Islam and Still, the other members of Gwinnett's Senate delegation include Senators Kim Jackson, from Stone Mountain; Clint Dixon from Buford; Gloria Butler, also of Stone Mountain; Bill Cowsert, from Athens; and Sheikh Rahman, from Lawrenceville. Mountain View's wrestling team won the North Metro Invitational at Brookwood on Saturday. The Bears finished with a 131 points to finish ahead of runner-up Lassiter's 123.5 and third-place Marietta's 114.5. They also won the junior varsity division. Ryan Rodgers and C.J. Beckford-Duffus were Mountain View's weight class champions, while Dylan Martin, Anderson Kesinger and Lex Hennebaul had second-place finishes. Gilbert Balbuena of Brookwood was the 120 champion, Dacula's Ethan Ross took first at 126 and Parkview's Antoine Glasgow won at 138. A couple known for their philanthropy will be recognized by the Gwinnett County Public Library System in March for their efforts to support libraries and the broader community. Clyde and Sandra Strickland have been named Public Library Champions as part of the 2022 Georgia Public Library Awards. The Gwinnett library system said it will hold a celebration at 11 a.m. on March 21 at the Duluth library branch to honor the couple. "The Stricklands are huge advocates for the library system," Gwinnett County Public Library Director of Development and Community Partnerships Jason DiFranco said. "Their focus is advancing education and literacy, so it has always been a perfect marriage for us. Clyde Strickland founded Metro Waterproofing, which serves the construction industry in the southeast, and the couple has, among other things, been big supporters of Northside Hospital Gwinnett, where the heart center is named in their honor. Library system officials said the couple has: Provided funding for the Career Online High School program, which works with people who have aged out of public schools but have not yet graduated from high school Funded a New Start Entrepreneurship Incubator program, which has helped 38 formerly incarcerated people start their own business Funded scholarships to help library staff complete their education Donated $1 million to support programming at the Hooper-Renwick themed library in Lawrenceville, which will honor the legacy of the Hooper-Renwick School, which was the school most Black children in Gwinnett attended before the desegregation of schools. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Learn about what all exciting exhibits will be at the North Atlanta Home Show this weekend at the Gas South Convention Center. Two Duluth men are facing murder charges in the death of an Atlanta man who died earlier this month from wounds he sustained in a beating that occurred in December. Master Police Officer Hideshi Valle said Bryan Alvarado and Yeison Alvarado have been charged with allegedly killing Raul Diaz-Villalba. Diaz-Villalba was attacked on December 20 and officers found him unconscious and bleeding with multiple lacerations, a swollen face, wounds all over his head and discoloration. The officers provided aid at the scene and Gwinnett fire officials took him to a local hospital. Diaz-Villalba died on January 14 and the Gwinnett Medical Examiner's Office concluded this week that the injuries to his head were the cause of death. The suspects have each been charged with felony murder, aggravated assault, aggravated battery, robbery and false imprisonment. Gwinnett County Public Schools outpaces the state of Georgia when it comes to the percentage of Asian and Latin-ex teachers it has on its staff, but the percentage of people from those communities who serve in principal positions lags behind the student demographics, a staffing consultant told district leaders on Thursday. The stats were presented as part of a presentation on equity in talent management systems that Alma Advisory Group CEO Monica Rosen made to the Gwinnett school board during a work session. The presentation covered a variety of staffing issues, including diversity of staff and employee retention. Despite the underrepresentation of Asian and Latin-ex in leadership roles in the district, GCPS does outpace the state in representation of both groups in teaching positions. Rosen presented data that showed Asian and Pacific Islander teachers make up 4.12% of teachers in GCPS, compared to 1.49% of teachers statewide. Similarly, Latin-ex teachers make up 5.99% of the GCPS teacher workforce, compared to 2.79% statewide. But, Latin-ex people make up 7.8% of principals in GCPS despite the fact that Latin-ex students are the largest population block in GCPS, making up 34.3% of the student body. Meanwhile, there were virtually no Asian principals in GCPS even though Asian students make up 11.5% of the student population. GCPS does lack behind the state in the percentage of teachers who are Black. That figure is 27.15% statewide, but just 23.59% in GCPS. Black people make up 36.17% of people serving in principal positions while Black students make up 32.17% of the student population. White people hold 53.9% of principal positions and 60.2 percent of teacher positions while white students make up about 17% of the student population. An incredibly thin margin separated Brookwood and North Gwinnett again Saturday night at West Gwinnett Aquatic Center. And for the second straight year, Brookwood emerged as the Gwinnett County champion in girls swimming and diving. The Broncos scored 1,186 points, only 11 ahead of North, which is still seeking its first county title. The Bulldogs were second by only five points at the 2022 county meet. Brookwood maintained its long-running dominance in the meet with its ninth straight county championship and 20th in the past 24 seasons. Brookwood got its scoring off to a nice start thanks to its divers — Chloe Brothers won the county title and teammate Kristen Davis was sixth Saturday morning — then the swimmers did their job later in the evening. Sophomore Hailey Dopson led the way with a win in the 100-yard freestyle in 51.75 seconds, and she followed it with a county meet-record in the 100 backstroke with a first-place swim in 55.06. The old 100 back record was set at 55.22 in 2016 by Mill Creek's Katherine Parker. The Broncos also won the 200 freestyle relay in 1:37.36 with Dopson as the anchor on a relay with teammates Nicole Amike, Sophie Hamilton and Emma Greene. Dopson also was on a runner-up 200 medley relay. Braselton's Community Development department is launching a new volunteer work force to help with town events and welcome visitors. Nicknamed the “Bee-Team,” volunteers will be assigned to welcome visitors and help staff event preparation and/or office tasks. An informational meeting is set for January 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the Civic Center, located at 27 East Lake Drive adjacent to the town's parking deck downtown. B-Team members will be asked to complete a brief application, attend an orientation and begin learning local history. For more information, Pinnell can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org Gwinnett police said they are investigating a homicide that appears to be domestic related after a shooting Sunday evening at a Norcross area apartment complex. According to Corporal Evanko, Gwinnett police responded to a person shot call at Canopy Glen Apartments just after 6 p.m. The incident appeared to have stemmed from a domestic dispute. When officers arrived on scene, they located an adult male with a gunshot wound who died from his injuries on scene. Evanko said investigators are talking with a female believed to be related to the incident and the investigation is ongoing. The motive for the shooting is unknown. Gwinnett police are asking anyone who has information to share in the case to contact GCPD detectives or crime stoppers. The new year brought a big change for the Gwinnett Chamber's On Topic series this past week. The first installment of the series in 2023 was held on Wednesday and it marked the introduction of Porter Steel as the series new presenting sponsor. Why is that a big deal? Well, it was the first time in well over a decade that someone other than RocketIT has been the presenting sponsor of the monthly information and lunch series. Porter Steel is a Lilburn-based company that specializes in structured steel and architectural metal for construction projects. Company President Cole Porter said the company is interested in helping the community and it sees sponsoring On Topic on to do that. He also said he sees value in the monthly series, where officials and experts give presentations on a wide array of topics ranging from transportation and schools to economic outlooks. The Gwinnett Daily Post is giving away a family four pack of tickets to Fernbank Museum. Call (404) 997-8655 and leave a voicemail for your chance to win four tickets for Fernbank.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Gwinnett police said they are investigating a homicide that appears to be domestic related after a shooting Sunday evening at a Norcross area apartment complex. According to Cpl. M. Evanko, Gwinnett police responded to a person shot call at Canopy Glen Apartments just after 6 p.m. The incident appeared "to have stemmed from a domestic dispute," Evanko said. "When officers arrived on scene, they located an adult male with a gunshot wound who died from his injuries on scene." Evanko said investigators are talking with a female believed to be related to the incident and the investigation is ongoing. The motive for the shooting is unknown. 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.
Learn what it's like to ride bulls for a living, as Dakota Louis stops by ahead of the PBR event in Duluth. A Duluth High School student is facing criminal charges after they used a knife to cut a classmate during a fight shortly before classes began last Thursday, according to the school's principal. Duluth Principal Eric Davidson told parents in a letter on social media that the students got into a fight outside the cafeteria shortly before first period. One of the students pulled out a knife during the fight and inflicted what Davidson called a "superficial wound" on the other student. Duluth's school resource officers and several administrators were nearby when the incident occurred and quickly worked to the break the fight up, according to the principal. Both students are expected to face disciplinary consequences for fighting, but the student who was carrying the knife is also expected to face criminal charges since they were carrying a weapon on campus. In a follow up message to parents, Davidson said, all students involved in the incident, even those students who were only marginally involved, were suspended. The fight is the latest incident involving a weapon at a Gwinnett County school year, however. In October, a Grayson High School student was cut with a box cutter during a fight in a school bathroom, days after a Norcross High School student died after he was shot near campus during school hours. Around the same time, a Shiloh High School was arrested after he fire a gun on campus shortly after classes dismissed for the day. Critics of a new discipline policy that was put in place for Gwinnett County Public Schools last summer have pointed to the incidents, as well as others including increased numbers of fights, saying they are evidence that the district's new discipline approach is not working. In November, Gwinnett County Public Schools officials said the number of incidents involving guns between Aug. 1 and Oct. 31 had more than doubled compared to the same time period during the 2021 2022 school year, going from two incidents to five incidents. The number of incidents involving a blade or a razor had also increased, going from seven between August and October 2021 to 11 incidents between August and October of 2022. Collins Hill legend Maya Moore officially retired from the WNBA on Monday, making the announcement on "Good Morning America." Moore hasn't played in the WNBA since 2018, when she announced plans to commit time to criminal justice reform. Moore entered the WNBA in 2011 as the No. 1 pick of the Minnesota Lynx on the heels of leading UConn to the national title. She captured the Rookie of the Year award and the first of four WNBA titles (2011, 2013, 2015, 2017). Minnesota appeared in the playoffs eight consecutive seasons with Moore on the roster. An All-WNBA pick five consecutive seasons, Moore was league MVP in 2014 and a six-time All-Star with three All-Star MVP awards. At the high school level, Moore led Collins Hill to state championships her final three seasons and a national championship as a senior. As part of her commitment to criminal justice reform, Moore lobbied for the release of Jonathan Irons from the Jefferson City correctional center in Missouri. After 23 1/2 years behind bars, Irons was vindicated of a conviction for murder and burglary that happened when he was 16 years old. A judge set Irons free, citing a fingerprint report that would've proved Irons' innocence but was not turned over to his defense team. Moore and Irons are now married with a child, and have co-authored a book "Love and Justice." When Gwinnettians lined up to either participate in, or watch, the county's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade in Lawrenceville on Monday, it was the first time they've been able to do so since before the COVID-19 pandemic. The parade, which is staged by the United Ebony Society of Gwinnett County, had the theme of “Why We Can't Wait.” The parade was not held in 2021 because of the pandemic. Meanwhile, last year's parade was cancelled partially because of a surge in COVID cases, but also because King's family had asked communities to use the day to focus on getting voting rights legislation passed by Congress instead of holding parades. The parade and celebration were not be the only way Gwinnettians honored King's legacy on Monday, however. Multiple local groups held service projects, such as Volunteer Gwinnett and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Kahmare Holmes had 19 points and five rebounds Monday in the Archer boys basketball team's 50-48 win over Buckhorn Alabama in the MLK National Showcase. The Tigers, seventh in Class 7A, also got contributions from Darrian Joseph (five points, three rebounds, two assists), Elijah Davis (five points), Bryce Kennedy (three points, two rebounds), Dominick Wright (three points, six rebounds, three steals) and Courtland Walker (six points, three rebounds, three assists). Class 7A Number 1 Norcross held Thompson Alabama to 17 second-half points in a 66-51 victory Monday in the MLK National Showcase. Lamariyon Jordan scored 23 for the Blue Devils, and Samarion Bond scored 16. And Greater Atlanta Christian fell 65-49 to Drew Charter, Number 8 in Double A, in Monday's Dream Challenge. Jonathan Waters led the Spartans with 15 points and six rebounds, while Kaosi Chijioke added nine points, six rebounds and two assists. GAC's other contributors included Nick Teague (five points, nine rebounds), Amare Williams (seven points, five assists, three rebounds) and Noah Harry (seven points, four rebounds). A man was shot by a Snellville police officer early Monday morning at a local gas station after police said the department "received multiple calls of a man brandishing a firearm." Police said an officer located the suspected vehicle shortly after 4 a.m. at the Speedway gas station located at Stone Mountain Highway and Highpoint Road. Snellville police said said the suspect was taken to a local hospital and was being treated. His condition was not immediately known. The department also said the officer "sustained a minor injury during the event" and was also treated at a hospital. According to police, a gun was located at the scene. Snellville police said the GBI has been called to investigate the incident, which is standard procedure in police involved shootings. 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The FBI announced on Thursday that they believe a former Gwinnett County resident and lab owner who allegedly violated his pre-trial release while facing fraud charges in New Orleans may be back in the Atlanta area, and they are asking for help to find him. Federal officials said Khalid Ahmed Satary was indicted on several charges in the New Orleans-based United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana in September 2019. He was one of 35 people indicted at that time for their involvement in a scheme where about $2.1 billion in claims were filed with Medicare for fraudulent cancer gene tests for elderly people. A warrant for Satary's arrest was issued on Nov. 23 for the pre-trial release violation. The FBI field office in Miami is leading the search for Satary, but anyone who knows where he is located can contact any FBI office, including the one in Atlanta. At the time of the 2019 indictment, federal officials called it one of the largest health care fraud schemes they have ever seen. The charges from the case were spread across five federal court districts in Louisiana, Georgia and Florida. Satary, in particular, is facing the following charges: conspiracy to commit health care fraud and wire fraud; health care fraud; conspiracy to defraud the United States and to pay and receive illegal health care kickbacks; and conspiracy to launder monetary instruments. Satary was running Clio Laboratories, which was located in the Gwinnett Progress Center on Hurricane Shoals Road, when the indictment came down. In addition to the Atlanta area, other places the FBI said Satary may have headed to include: Houston, Texas; Delray Beach, Fla.; and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Gwinnett County police are looking for a motive after a man was stabbed to death at a Norcross area extended stay in the wee hours of Wednesday morning. Fifty-year-old Duluth resident Marvin Hollie was arrested for the stabbing, which left Tyler Summerour, 28, dead. Hollie was charged with aggravated assault, malice murder and felony murder. Police said they were called to the Norcross Extended Stay, located at 2250 Pelican Way, shortly after 3:20 a.m. Wednesday. Valle said the reason for the stabbing is unknown, and homicide detectives are exploring all motives. Police are asking anyone with information to share in the case to contact Gwinnett detectives at 770-513-5300. Harbins Elementary School teacher Melissa Barth was recently named a 2023 Don Cargill STEM Scholars recipient. The award, sponsored by the Georgia Youth Science and Technology Centers, recognizes educators for their thoughtful engagement with students, and creating imaginative classroom lessons that teach and support science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. Barth, one of only 23 educators from around the state and the only educator from Gwinnett County selected to receive the award said she was humbled by the recognition. The GYSTC is a private, not-for-profit educational organization. Its mission is to increase interest in and enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics as subjects for serious study, particularly among elementary and middle school teachers, students, and parents in typically underserved areas in Georgia. Barth says she's passionate about STEM because it engages students. It was an easy decision for the Aurora Theatre to bring “Kim Convenience” to the Lawrenceville Arts Center's Metro Waterproofing Main Stage from Jan. 19 to Feb. 19. “We loved this play because it is about a hard-working family who own a small business,” Jon Carr, the Aurora Theatre's director of marketing, said. “Many Gwinnett stories start that way. Then combine that with the universal themes in the show: The struggle of keeping your loved ones together, the balance of work and family. “Kim's Convenience,” an award-winning comedic play that evolved into a hit series on both Canadian TV and Netflix, centers on Appa Kim, played by James Yi, who runs the family business from behind the counter at Kim's Convenience in Toronto. He provides his customers with wisdom and history lessons along with their snacks. But Mr. Kim is presented with a substantial offer by big-city developers to sell them his store so they can close it, which would yield him a substantial profit but also end a business that's been in his family for years. It's up to Kim and his wife, played by Yingling Zhu, to decide if they want to take the cash or turn down the offer by convincing their adult children Janet (Caroline Donica) and Jung (Ryan Vo) to keep the store in Korean-Canadian family's name by following in their father's footsteps. “Kim's Convenience” was a huge hit at the Toronto Fringe Festival in 2011, where the play by Ins Choi completed a sold-out run en route to winning the Patron's Pick Award. The show was such a big hit that it was picked by Netflix in 2020. When it comes to his profession and his country, Dacula native Will Hinton's aim is true. Hinton, 26, has a unique position in military hierarchy as a member of the elite Army Marksmanship Unit, which numbers about 15 soldiers. And with his sharp shooting, Hinton has the opportunity this summer to earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic team. Competing in bunker trap, Hinton — who in 2022 has been ranked No. 5 in the world — had an excellent year. He won the ISSF President's Cup in Men's Trap and was on the ISSF World Championship Team in Men's Skeet at a competition in Cairo, Egypt, and he took the silver medal in men's trap at the Shotgun National Championship in July in Hillsdale, Michigan. Perhaps most importantly, Hinton snagged one of two U.S. Olympic Quotas at the 2022 CAT Games in November in Lima, Peru. As a result, he'll compete for one of two spots on Team USA for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games (in Paris) at the Olympic Trails, set for May 2023 back in Hillsdale. The Olympic Games would be a fitting competition for Hinton, who grew up shooting with his father, whom he said is “a big bird hunter.” He began shooting competitively as a teenager and transitioned from team shooting to individual performances with the National Sporting Clays Association. Stone Mountain Park is hosting its first Lunar New Year Festival and park officials it will be the largest one in North America. Taking place Jan. 20-22 and 27-29, the celebration will feature cultural craft activities, storytelling, puppetry, dance and drum exhibitions, parades, a new Drone Show and a new Light Show along with other cultural elements. It will be held in the Crossroads area of the park, and officials say visitors will experience the largest Lunar New Year Spectacular in North America through dance, music, educational craft activations, dragon and lion dance teams, martial arts demonstrations, signature foods, hundreds of red and gold lanterns, and much more. “The event showcases cultural and educational activities for families to experience together,” park officials said. Visitors can: ♦ Learn calligraphy ♦ Witness yo-yo demonstrations, knot tying, and more from certified instructors from the Chinese Cultural School of Atlanta ♦ Pose for pictures with ambassadors dressed in cultural dress and stationary backdrops throughout the event ♦ Visit the Lighted Reflection Walk-Way to offer well wishes and prayers for a prosperous new year. Each evening visitors can witness a festive Drone Show featuring more than 200 color-changing drones creating amazing aerial formations synced to music before watching the massive Lunar New Year Light Show projecting images on the mountain along with immersive lights and special effects. All of that is followed by a fireworks finale. For tickets and more information, go to www.stonemountainpark.com. 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In this episode you'll learn: Why motivation and will power are overrated when trying to make lasting changes Why you must understand the 5 stages behavior change and match your activity to the proper stage How slips up are inevitable and are perfect opportunities to learn How to use conflicting energy sources -the pushing away from unwanted behavior and pulling toward a desired behavior Why self monitoring and tracking progress increases your chances of success To learn more about John Norcross and his interesting work, click here!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
This episode Daniel Norcross joins from England on 99.94 to look at how fair cricket is. They look at the Michael Neser catch, dead balls, no balls, run outs, drugs in sport, Hungarian Handball champions, the laws and artificial pitches. - Follow England on 99.94DM on Apple Podcasts here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/england-on-99-94dm/id1639481477 and on Spotify here: https://open.spotify.com/show/79hLma0TBtp93hmMNbpx5Y?si=78191bb665854c77. Follow Dan on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/norcrosscricket. - To support the podcast please go to our Patreon page. https://www.patreon.com/user?u=32090121. If you like this podcast, you may enjoy other things I create, check them all out at https://linktr.ee/jarrodkimber. - This podcast audio is edited, mixed and produced by Nick McCorriston, he's at https://www.nickamc.com and https://www.twitter.com/soundboy_audio. FortyTwo make our video productions, and Mukunda Bandreddi is in charge of our video side. Aurojyoti Senapati turns the files into video podcasts and Subhankar Bhattacharya makes our graphics. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The city of Norcross recently announced that its NorcrossWorks web site has been relaunched. According to the city, NorcrossWorks is a user-friendly website whereby employers can post and advertise openings at no cost. All a business has to do is complete a simple form which will be reviewed and posted by the Economic Development Department. Likewise, job seekers can access job postings and apply. "This platform aims to address some of the city's labor, income and educational gaps, which have all been exacerbated by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the rapidly changing nature of the global economy," a statement from the city said. "The goal is to serve both businesses (employers) and individuals in the labor market (job seekers) by connecting both parties together." Norcross Mayor Craig Newton said the relaunch is particularly timely due to current economic conditions. To learn more about the site, go to norcrossworks.com. And now here's your Gwinnett County sports update presented by Tom Wages funeral home. Grayson head football coach Adam Carter has resigned to become head football coach at Lowndes, Lowndes County Schools announced Tuesday morning. Carter has been the Rams' head coach the last four years with a 45-9 record highlighted by going 14-0 and winning the Class AAAAAAA state championship in the pandemic-affected 2020 season. Grayson also made the 2021 semifinals and the quarterfinals in 2019 and 2022. Prior to being hired at Grayson, Carter went 12-1 in one season as Creekview's head coach. He was previously an assistant at Camden County, Paulding County, Marietta, Reinhardt and South Carolina State, as well as head coach at Bradwell Institute in 2013. How strong is the upcoming partnership between Lawrenceville and the Gwinnett/Walton Habitat for Humanity group? Strong enough for the city to pledge 15-person weekend shifts by city employees to help on two of the builds for the nonprofit. That's the unique part of the agreement, which the city announced at its Dec. 14 council meeting. The City Council approved a project to build four houses in the upcoming year in the Lawrenceville city limits, located in the Saddle Shoals neighborhood off Springlake Road. The project will begin in the first quarter of 2023. Part of Habitat for Humanity's business model is for future owners and community leaders to work side-by-side to make their dreams of homeownership a reality. But what makes this project unique is the fact that other city employees from Lawrenceville will help with the builds. According to city officials, Lawrenceville will provide $100,000 to the project using ARPA funding for construction. Gwinnett/Walton Habitat for Humanity will sell the homes to individuals meeting the income requirements of the Habitat program. City officials said the homes will contain at least 1,500 square feet of heated space, a two-car garage and a working fireplace and chimney. A group of Georgians is suing the state over its failure to provide health benefits for transgender people through the State Health Benefit Plan, which provides health coverage for state employees, including public school employees. Two of the plaintiffs in the case work for the state, while one is the son of a state employee covered by the State Health Benefit Plan. The lawsuit maintains the failure to provide the medical services, including gender-confirming surgery, amounts to discrimination based on sex. The Campaign for Southern Equality, an LGBTQ advocacy group with members in Georgia, is also a plaintiff in the lawsuit. Medicare and many other private insurance companies already cover the treatments. Recent lawsuits have successfully pushed other health plans in Georgia to provide gender-confirming treatment, including surgery. A lawsuit forced the University System of Georgia to cover the medical care in 2018. Earlier this year, a federal district judge ruled employers cannot deny or exclude coverage for gender-confirming care for transgender people after a Houston County policy denied coverage for a county employee who wanted the surgery. In July, the state Medicaid program changed its policy to cover transgender health-care, including gender-confirmation surgery, as part of a settlement in a separate lawsuit. The state Public Service Commission (PSC) approved a $1.8 billion rate increase requested by Georgia Power Tuesday that embraced most of an agreement between the agency's staff and the company presented last week. Commissioners slightly lowered the upper limit on profits Georgia Power will be allowed to keep and sweetened incentives to be offered to encourage the development of solar energy and the deployment of electric vehicle charging stations. But the PSC stopped short of more far-reaching changes proposed by Commissioner Lauren “Bubba” McDonald, who provided the lone opposition in Tuesday's 4-1 vote. The $1.8 billion rate hike – down from Georgia Power's original request of $2.9 billion – will raise the average residential customer's bill by $3.60 per month starting Jan. 1. That's down significantly from the $14.90 monthly increase customers would have seen next year under the original front-loaded three-year request the company proposed in June. Instead, customer rates will go up by 4.5% in 2024 and again in 2025 under the agreement between Georgia Power and the PSC's Public Interest Advocacy Staff. The commission set the return on equity (ROE) for the utility at the staff-recommended level of 10.5%, down from the 11% the company sought. But commission Chair Tricia Pridemore amended the upper limit of the “earnings band” – the range within which the utility can earn profits for its shareholders without sharing them with customers – to 11.9%, slightly below the 12% Georgia Power requested and currently receives. The PSC staff had recommended reducing the upper limit to 11.5%. Chris Womack, Georgia Power's chairman, president, and CEO, said in September the company expects to file a request in February for unrecovered fuel costs to account for the volatility of the energy market resulting from factors including rising natural gas prices and the impacts of the war in Ukraine. The utility also will be looking to the PSC to recover the costs of bringing into service the two new nuclear reactors being built at Plant Vogtle. 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Join Daniel, Aka Dapper Laughs, in the first episode of his brand-new Podcast Menace II Sobriety where he cracks wide open the world of addiction and sobriety with an incredible line-up of guests to talk openly and candidly about their own experiences. In this episode, two ‘geezers' talk all about their struggles with addiction and men's mental health as ex-Towie star Kirk Norcross joins Daniel to talk honestly, and sometimes brutally, about his own journey to sobriety. Kirk begins by talking about the beginnings of his TV career, including the real reasons why he quit as well as the truth about his dad's suicide and how this led to a crippling drug addiction ending in psychosis. KEY TAKEAWAYS Both Daniel and Kirk had to give up drink and drugs because they could never take them lightly, it was always an all-or-nothing mentality, leading to problems in their relationships and work life. Kirk believes that most addicts are born that way. Everything he does, he does so ‘like an addict' from biscuits to cocaine. ADHD is something that both Kirk and Daniel have been diagnosed with as adults. It's common for those with ADHD to self-medicate with drugs and alcohol. It's hard for addicts to talk about their times of addiction, not just from the shame of things they may have done, but also because of the concept of wasted time and opportunities too. You have to admit to yourself the damage drugs are doing to your life before you can begin to get sober and create a better life for yourself. Looking back, Kirk believes that part of his reason for quitting his TV career was so he could use more. TV and acting got in the way of the drug use he wanted to participate in. After the death of his Dad, Kirk sunk deeper into his addiction and was at the point he would take any drugs to just feel something different. This was when he started to suffer from psychosis. Kirk got to the point when he felt like he was going to die, he even tidied his house in preparation for being found dead. This was the wake-up call he needed to seek help. After starting Cocaine Anonymous, Kirk has been able to stay sober for 500 days. If you're thinking about going sober, don't worry about not enjoying your life anymore, you are finding freedom, from addiction and everything that comes along with it. Kirk's Dad's suicide is what helped him become a man, but he is still devastated that his Dad doesn't get to see who he has become. BEST MOMENTS “So many people talk about mental health, addictions, for the wrong reasons” “It ain't the people around us, it's us. The problem is deep in us” “I used to use drugs to pass the time, I hated my life” “With the cocaine comes porn, it's another addiction” “If you want what they've got, do what they've done” “Everything is about mindset, I'm not missing out, I'm free” VALUABLE RESOURCES https://www.cocaineanonymous.org.uk CONTACT METHOD Instagram Facebook Twitter ABOUT THE GUEST Kirk Norcross Instagram “My name is Kirk Norcross, I'm 34 years old, I had a pretty good run, a TV career which I can't even remember hardly any of that, drugs consumed my life I always used drugs like an addict but I didn't use them all the time until my fiancé split up with me for no reason and never gave me a reason and I was so upset, hurt and confused. I started using drugs to self-medicate to shut my brain down to stop thinking and then spiral turned and turned and turned until I was like a wrecking ball everywhere I went every penny I had went on drugs, my whole life revolved around drugs I tried recovery a couple of times and kept relapsing then I lost my due to suicide, and it was like something clicked in my head that I need to step up to the plate and be the man that my father wanted me to be, and from then on, I've been so as of today's date I am 583 days sober haven't touched any drugs or alcohol or any other mind-influencing substance since then.” ABOUT THE HOST Daniel O'Reilly Daniel O'Reilly is one of the UK's Largest Influencers, a comedian, actor, musician, viral video star and social influencer. With a portfolio of businesses, Daniel enjoys a busy lifestyle mixed with business and pleasure. Daniel is a father to two beautiful girls and enjoys spending quality time with them and his wife Shelley. With 2022 being a busy year, Daniel sold out his O2 stand-up show, released his British movie 'The Last Heist' and is currently preparing for the upcoming release of his other film 'Miss The Kiss'. Daniel is a creative through and through, with a passion to strive in everything he does. Daniel is looking forward to the release of his podcast 'Menace 2 Sobriety' in 2023, his long-term position on GB News, Headliners, and the growing slate of films in the works with his production company, HYPRR. PODCAST DESCRIPTION Daniel O'Reilly's newest venture sees the creation of his Menace 2 Sobriety podcast, a series of relaxed and open conversations with different guests and varied experiences. After recently being diagnosed with severe ADHD and beginning his sobriety again, Daniel also set up a page on Facebook and Instagram called 'Men And Their Emotions' (M.A.T.E) an accessible, open and supportive group for MEN to post their feelings, thoughts and current life issues. Upon seeing the responses from men around the world to some of the posts on the group he was blown away and continues to be touched by the kindness and support offered by strangers. This all led to Daniel wanting to start up his own podcast and invite guests to join him in opening up about past experiences and talk about all things mental health, family & sobriety. The podcast will see Daniel and his interesting guests' sharing their personal stories and learning experiences that they hope will help other people; whether it encourages one person to ask for help, talk to family about their struggles with getting sober/clean, or realise that they aren't alone. The Menace 2 Sobriety podcast has been created by Daniel to help people fight their own gremlins.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Two Snellville men are facing charges for shooting and beating a man who tried to enter their home — which he previously lived in — by mistake on Thursday while he was experiencing a medical incident. Snellville police said Terrell Downie tried to enter the home on the 2500 block of Lake Commons Court, near Rockdale Circle, at about 8:37 a.m., but they added he was not trying to force his way into the home. The men who currently live at the home, Frederick Sherman and Eugene Days, chased Downie from the home. Sherman allegedly shot Downie in the leg and Days allegedly got into a physical altercation with him, according to police. “People inside a home thought someone was trying to make entry into their home,” Snellville Police said on their Facebook page. “This is bad and something that deserves immediate attention. Protection of yourself and a call to the police. “Those people confronted, and chased the man from the house, and out of the neighborhood. A person shot him and another beat him. This is not even close to being lawful.” On Thursday, Snellville police said in a statement that they were investigating allegations that Downie was trying to break into the home and commit a burglary. They later said on Facebook that it did not appear he was trying to break into the home and no charges were expected to be filed against him. Police implied he was trying to enter the home by mistake. A Snellville police lieutenant who responded to a call about the incident saw Days “beating” Downie when he arrived, according to the police department's statement on Facebook. The lieutenant separated the two men and applied a tourniquet to Downie's leg to stop his bleeding. Downie was taken to a hospital where he was treated for his injuries and then released. Sherman has been charged with aggravated assault and felon in possession of a firearm while Days is facing a misdemeanor battery charge. Both men were arrested and taken to jail on Thursday. Sherman was still being held in the Gwinnett County jail on Friday, but Days was released on bond on Thursday. A Gwinnett County Public Schools bus driver was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries after their bus was hit head-on by a pickup truck on Hamilton Mill Road on Friday. The accident happened early Friday morning on Hamilton Mill at Bart Johnson Road, prompting law enforcement to close the road for several hours as officers investigated what happened. Police said no children were on the bus when the accident occurred. A photo that Gwinnett police released showed severe damage to the front ends of both the bus and the pickup truck. Gwinnett County Public Schools spokesman Bernard Watson said the bus driver was alert when they were taken to the hospital, and that their injuries were not believed to be life-threatening. The condition of the pickup truck's driver was not immediately available on Friday afternoon. After three days of voting for other Republicans in the U.S. House speaker voting, U.S. Representative Andrew Clyde flipped his support to U.S. Representative Kevin McCarthy in the 12th round of voting on Friday. Clyde, whose district includes northern Gwinnett, had been one of the 20 Republican members of Congress who have been backing GOP challengers to McCarthy's bid to become Speaker of the House. Clyde had been the only GOP member of Georgia's congressional delegation who was not backing McCarthy in the speaker race. Democrats in the delegation had repeatedly backed U.S. Representative Hakeem Jeffries in round after round of voting. The stalemate created a major problem for the House. Congress couldn't conduct any other business, including swearing in its members and setting rules for the chamber, until a speaker is chosen, leaving the chamber unable to function. This is the first time in a century that a vote on selecting a speaker has gone to multiple ballots. After tense discussions and a near physical altercation between two congressmen, Speaker McCarthy finally received t majority of the votes late Friday night, just before the clock struck midnight. The members of Congress were eventually sworn in in the early morning hours on Saturday after McCarthy officially became speaker. It typically takes time for first-year high schools to experience athletic success, but one Seckinger team is ahead of the curve. The Jaguars' boys basketball team is off to a 12-4 start in its inaugural season, and it enjoyed a major milestone Sunday with its first state ranking, appearing at Number 9 in Class AAAA in the Sandy's Spiel poll. Seckinger won its opener 61-54 over Chamblee on the way to a 3-0 start to the season, and is 5-1 in Region 8-AAAA play under Hamilton, a Brookwood grad who was previously a Gwinnett assistant for eight of his nine years in coaching. He spent the 2021-22 season at Lambert after two years as community coach at Brookwood, two years at Archer and four years at Buford, where he worked under legendary coach Eddie Martin and won the 2019 state title. Martin's son, Brent, is a key member of Hamilton's first staff at Seckinger alongside fellow assistants Jaylen Clement and Craig Begalle. That staff and a young, talented group of players have picked up wins while drumming up excitement among the faculty and students at a brand-new high school. That success, surprising to many outside the program, has picked up even more steam of late. The Jaguars have won six of their past seven and three in a row, opening up 2023 on Friday with a 62-52 win over Chestatee after going 2-1 after Christmas — losing 65-63 to a talented Monroe Area team before defeating Brookland-Cayce from South Carolina 70-53 and Monsignor Donovan Catholic 93-61. North Gwinnett's wrestling team broke a long drought with a first-place finish in Saturday's Region 7-AAAAAAA Duals at Duluth. North defeated Norcross 54-27 in the finals after beating Meadowcreek 78-6 in the semifinals. It the first wrestling region or area championship for North since 1995. Nicolas Owens, Mason Urie, Logan Weaver, Conner Weaver, Aiden Villarreal, Nathan Choi, Ronan Sherwood, and Kenneth Tinoco each went 2-0 for the Bulldogs. For advertising inquiries, please email email@example.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/ . See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Family members and Peachtree Corners officials are mourning the death of Debbie Mason, the wife of Mayor Mike Mason who took pride in being the "First Lady" of the city. The city announced her death on Thursday. In a Facebook post, her son, Nick, said she had been battling cancer for awhile. City officials said Debbie Mason "represented the best of Peachtree Corners." She played a key role in the creation of Peachtree Corners as the campaign chairwoman for the Peachtree Corners YES Campaign. She also served on the United Peachtree Corners Civic Association's Board of Directors. State Rep. Scott Hilton, who is a former president of the United Peachtree Corners Civic Association, called Mason a "pillar of our community." He said she was also involved in the annual Peachtree Corners festival and played an active role efforts to improve the aesthetics around the city in addition to her efforts to help get the city created. On her Facebook page, Mason identified herself as the "first First Lady of Peachtree Corners." In fact, she is the only first lady that Peachtree Corners has ever had in the 10 years since it became a city. Gov. Brian Kemp and his wife, Georgia First Lady Marty Kemp, and their daughters expressed their sympathies for the Mason family on Thursday as well. “The community theatre scene in metro Atlanta is a true community,” said Brandi Kilgore of Norcross' Lionheart Theatre. “Our theatres are constantly borrowing costumes, set pieces, and props from each other for our respective productions.” It makes sense, then, that Lionheart has offered their stage for a unique “Ten Minute Community Theatre Play Festival” which runs Jan. 13-22. The Festival will be the first production of Lionheart's 2023 season, and it promises to be a fast-paced event that will introduce theatre-goers to new artists from across the Atlanta area. Performances will be on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and on Sundays at 2 p.m. All performances are at Lionheart Theatre, located at 10 College Street in Norcross. The scripts that will be performed come from a group called Merely Writers which is sponsored by Merely Players Presents, a group that gathers to hear works in development read aloud by actors. During this process, writers can hear their own words and get feedback. Lionheart Theatre Company will present “Dead Giveaway” by Daniel Guyton and “Wedding Reception Rewards Program” by Peter Dakutis. Live Arts Theatre is also a Gwinnett nonprofit arts organization. The group will perform “Bump in the Night” by John Mabey and “Speed Dating” by Nedra Roberts. Main Street Theatre hails from Tucker. The group will present “Accusations” by Steven D. Miller and “Pre-Need” by David Davis. Merely Players Presents is located in Doraville. Their two plays are “Roughing It” by Judy Klass and “Broken Hearts” by Karen Ruetz. Onstage Atlanta is located in Scottsdale. The group will perform “The Wedding Night Tweets” by Daniel Guyton. The stage manager for the festival is Janet Conant. This nine-play collection was selected to be a combination of dramas and comedies. Scripts were divided up among the five theater companies, and each theater is responsible for casting its plays and each play's direction. Gatorade announced Friday morning that Mill Creek standout Caleb Downs is the 2022-23 Gatorade Georgia Football Player of the Year. Downs, who begins classes at Alabama this month, is the first Gatorade Georgia Football Player of the Year to be chosen from Mill Creek High School. The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Downs as Georgia's best high school football player. Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Football Player of the Year award to be announced in January, Downs joins an elite alumni association of state award-winners in 12 sports, including Trevor Lawrence (2018-19 & 2016-17, Cartersville High School), Matthew Stafford (2005-06, Highland Park High School, Texas) and Emmitt Smith (1986-87, Escambia High School, Fla.). The 6-foot, 195-pound senior safety and running back led the Hawks to a 14-1 record and the Class AAAAAAA state championship this past season. Downs recorded 76 tackles and made five interceptions, returning two of them for touchdowns. Downs also rushed for 390 yards and 20 scores, including three TDs in the Hawks' 70-35 win over Carrollton High School in the state final. Ranked as the nation's No. 13 recruit in the Class of 2023 by 247Sports.com, he also had 36 receptions for 422 yards and three scores. Downs has volunteered locally with Gen50, a faith-based peer leadership group, and as a youth football coach. He has also donated his time as a member of the Mill Creek High School football leadership council and as part of local food drives. A company that specializes in nuclear fuel cell technology and consulting solutions has signed a lease for an office in Peachtree Corners. Lincoln Property Company Southeast announced NAC International signed the lease for 23,000-square-feet of space at the 2 Sun office building in Technology Park Atlanta. The 98.040-square-foot 2 Sun building was recently renovated to add campus-wide Wi-Fi internet, food delivery service for tenants and an outdoor patio. Lincoln said the northeast Atlanta submarket has outperformed other submarkets in recent years and its 15.9% vacancy rate is the lowest among major areas in metro Atlanta. Looking for a fun way to start off the new year with your kids? The Children's Museum of Atlanta has you covered as it opens a new exhibit at the end of the month. “Splash and Bubbles: Dive In, Lend a Fin!” opens on Jan. 21. The exhibit is based on the popular PBS Kids TV show, “Splash and Bubbles,” a hit animated series that encourages children to explore ocean science and marine biology through character-driven comedy. The series is co-produced by The Jim Henson Company and Herschend Entertainment Studios. According to museum officials, the new exhibit builds on kids' connections to the characters and their habitats, immersing them in a larger-than-life marine environment and introducing them to the incredible world of ocean exploration. While exploring the early childhood STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) based exhibit, children will be encouraged to build both scientific inquiry and social-emotional skills as they learn how to protect the ocean and its ecosystems, museum officials said. Ocean conservation is a key message within the exhibit, encouraging families to understand that they can create “a small ripple to help our big ocean.” Featuring a variety of hands-on exhibit components, “Splash and Bubbles: Dive In, Lend a Fin!” invites children to discover a whole new world as they navigate an under-the-sea maze in a kelp forest, explore a sunken ship that has become an artificial reef, interact with puppet characters created by Jim Henson's Creature Shop and more. The Magic House, St. Louis Children's Museum served as the creative producers for the new exhibit, created in partnership with The Jim Henson Company and Herschend Enterprises. The exhibit is made possible thanks to generous support from Tim and Elizabeth Swank, Anna and Jim McKelvey and the Graybar Foundation. Local media sponsorship is provided by the Nine Network. The exhibit will be at Children's Museum of Atlanta through April 30 and is free with museum admission. For more information, go to: childrensmuseumatlanta.org. The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners was scheduled to appoint Commissioner Jasper Watkins III as its vice-chairman for 2023 on Tuesday. That was the way it was listed on the board's meeting agenda. Things changed during the meeting, however. When the item came up for a vote, Watkins instead nominated fellow Commissioner Ben Ku for the position. The commission then voted to affirm the choice. So, Ku will now serve as the second-in-command on the commission for the next 12 months. That means he will be the person who presides over meetings when Chairwoman Nicole Love Hendrickson is unavailable to do so. It's probably not too surprising that Watkins was not the person who ended up getting picked to serve as vice-chairman, however. The commission has traditionally rotated the vice-chairmanship between its members and Watkins was the vice-chairman in 2022. Ku, who has served on the board longer than any of his colleagues, previously served as vice-chairman in 2019. For advertising inquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.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/ . See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
One of the 20 Republican members of Congress who have been backing GOP challengers to U.S. Representative Kevin McCarthy's bid to become Speaker of the House is also one of Gwinnett's three congressional representatives. U.S. Rep. Andrew Clyde a Republican, is the only member of Georgia's congressional delegation who is backing U.S. Representative Byron Donalds, a Florida Republican, in the speaker vote. As of Wednesday afternoon, Congress had voted six times over a span of two days to elect a speaker, but none of the three candidates — including one Democrat — have received the 218 votes needed to become speaker. Republicans make up a narrow majority in the House, but McCarthy, who has been a house minority leaders for years, has been 17 votes shy of the total needed because 20 Republicans aligned with the Freedom Caucus have chosen to support other Republicans for the speaker's seat. On Wednesday, the group of Republicans refusing to back McCarthy, which also include Representatives Matt Gaetz and Lauren Boebert, pooled their support around Donalds. Congress can't conduct any other business, including swearing in its members and setting rules for the chamber, until a speaker is chosen, leaving the chamber unable to function. This is the first time in a century that a vote on selecting a speaker has gone to multiple ballots. In truth, all three of Gwinnett's congressional representatives are backing a different person in the speaker vote. As expected, Representative Lucy McBath, a Democrat, is backing her party's nominee for the seat, Representative Hakeem Jeffries of New York. It's how the two Republican members of Congress who represent he northern half of Gwinnett vote that is key, however. While Clyde is backing Donalds, new Representative Rich McCormick, also Republican, is backing McCarthy. Prior to the four rounds of voting on Wednesday, when he began supporting Donalds, Clyde backed Representative Andy Biggs, of Arizona in the first round of voting on Tuesday, before moving his support to Representative Jim Jordan, of Ohio — even though Jordan himself was backing McCarthy. Although it wasn't necessarily a vacation, the Brookwood High School Bronco Marching Band recently completed a history-making holiday sojourn to Southern California. On January 2, the Bronco Marching Band performed in the iconic Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., the first high school ensemble from Gwinnett County to take part in the parade, which has been a holiday tradition for more than 130 years. A collection of more than 330 people, including 215 performers, family and friends made the trip to California. It typically takes a bad 7 to 8 years to be selected after they apply to perform in the parade. Brookwood had originally applied to take part in the 2018 parade but the COVID pandemic prevented an earlier trip. Students had to raise about $2,800 each for the trip, which also included visits to Disneyland (where a New Year's Eve parade performance in the park was scuttled due to the weather), Universal Studios, the El Capitan Theatre (where they saw “Avatar: The Way of Water”), the Griffith Observatory and a walking tour of Hollywood movie locations. The parade itself appears both thrilling and exhausting, covering some 5.5 miles, starting at the corner of Green Street and Orange Blossom Boulevard and heading to its conclusion on Villa Street in the City of Roses. Slotted fifth in a parade of 88 participants, the Bronco Marching Band (one of only 15 high school marching bands in the parade) performed “From Now On” from “The Greatest Showman” for the first mile and then played the song in rotation with Strauss' “Also Sprach Zarathustra” and “The Hey! Song” from “Dr. Who.” The Bronco Marching Band also performed in the 42nd annual Tournament of Roses Bandfest at Pasadena City College on December 30. Two Norcross residents have been arrested and charged with murder in the death of the Norcross man who was found dead near the doorway of his home last month. Nelson Cisneros died near his home on Stanfield Court in unincorporated Norcross on December 15. At the time, police said he had been shot but they had not identified suspects or a motive for Cisneros' death. On Wednesday, however, Master Police Officer Hideshi Valle said detectives identified Norcross residents Requel Rayshawn Johnson, and Antonio Montez Payne , as suspects. They have each been charged with felony murder and aggravated assault. Gwinnett County Jail records show Johnson was arrested on December 27 and Payne was arrested on Tuesday. Valle said the Gwinnett County Police Department's Gang Unit as well as the Gwinnett Sheriff's Office Fugitive Unit assisted detectives in arresting Johnson and Payne. The suspects are being held in the county jail without bond. Police have not yet released the motive for the murder. Rebekah Blankenship, an eighth grade social studies teacher at Berkmar Middle School, was recently named a recipient of the June Bryant Teacher of Promise Award by the Georgia Council for Social Studies. The award recognizes a beginning social studies teacher who shows exceptional promise in the field of teaching social studies. Recipients of the honor must demonstrate efforts toward the improvement of student learning and engagement in social studies and implement activities that demonstrate the beginnings of service and foster the development of democratic values and citizenship in the classroom, school, and community. Additionally, the teacher seeks out and uses multiple sources to enhance social studies instruction while engaging in ongoing professional development. During her first two years of teaching, Blankenship has demonstrated the ability to develop and implement engaging lessons for students, her principal said. Encouraging special-needs students to become part of the fabric of Jones Middle School has been a priority for Jaclyn Boyce and Ashley Saye for more than a dozen years, but the special-education teachers have cranked it up a notch for the 2022-23 school year. Boyce, who teaches students with severe and profound intellectual disabilities, and Saye, who teaches students with moderate intellectual disabilities, are both firm believers in getting their charges out of the classroom and into the general student population in an effort to improve their sense of belonging at the Buford school by participating in daily activities. Starting 13 years ago with the establishment of the Buddies Club, Boyce and Saye developed a host of initiatives to get their students out and about in the halls and they're constantly seeking out new opportunities for the students to interact with their schoolmates. Buddies Club also includes monthly social events taking place both in and outside of the school walls, with visits to a nearby corn maze and movie theaters as highlights. Other inclusive efforts include having students serve on the student council and as peer leaders, which Saye said gives students a chance to develop and display leadership skills and boost confidence alongside their same-age peers. Some students — there are about 15 intellectually disabled students at Jones Middle — also visit home rooms to interact with students and teachers, help out in the school's media center, eat lunch in the cafeteria (or invite students to dine with them in their classrooms) and take part in Connections classes, which Boyce said provides great opportunities for social experiences. Perhaps the most novel recent initiative has been “JonesDash,” based on the popular DoorDash food delivery service. Several times a week, faculty members place orders for snacks and drinks and students do the rest, writing receipts, tracking down the items requested in the school's small “store,” delivering the orders to teachers and collecting payments. Carmen Smith, a Sugar Hill Elementary School advanced math teacher, has been nominated for the 2022-2023 National LifeChanger of the Year Award. Sponsored by the National Life Group Foundation, LifeChanger of the Year recognizes and rewards the best K-12 educators and school district employees across the United States who are making a difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence, and leadership. Smith was nominated by her friend and neighbor, Nikki Soroko, for her humility and work in the classroom. Each school year, the LifeChanger of the Year award receives hundreds of nominations from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Eighteen individual LifeChanger of the Year awards will be given during the 2022-2023 school year, including: ♦ One grand prize winner who will receive $10,000 to be shared with their school/district. Four grand prize finalists who will receive $5,000 to be shared with their school/district. ♦ 10 LifeChanger Award winners who will receive $3,000 to be shared with their school/district. ♦ One Spirit Award winner. This award is given to the nominee whose community demonstrates the most support for their nomination. The winner will receive $5,000 to be shared with their school/district. ♦ One Capstone Award winner. This award is given to a nominee retiring at the end of the 2021-22 school year. The winner will receive $3,000 to be shared with their school or district. ♦ One Spotlight Award winner. This award is given to a nominee in a specific discipline each year. The winner will receive $5,000 to be shared with their school or district. For advertising inquiries, please email email@example.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/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
An effort by the Mountain View High School football community to help one of its families, which lost its home in a fire on Christmas Day, has exceeded expectations this week. The Van Horn family was hit by a fire on Sunday night, and the home ended up being a total loss. The family's father, Michael, is the Mountain View football Touchdown Club president and the two sons in the family have played football at the school. Mountain View football officials set out to raise $4,000 through a GoFundMe campaign to help the family. As of Thursday night, the fundraising effort had raised $19,377 from 163 donations. The football team also held a donation drive, where people could donate clothing and gift cards to the family, for two hours on last Wednesday morning. A link to the Go Fund Me can be found on Gwinnett Daily Post dot com. For anyone who thinks that one person can't effect a positive impact in multiple communities, meet Alessandra Ferrara-Miller, the founder of Forsyth County-based All For Lunch. Five years ago, the California native established All For Lunch Inc. in Suwanee to pay off the lunch debt for four elementary schools in the North Gwinnett Cluster. Ferrara-Miller's efforts have since blossomed throughout schools in the metro Atlanta area. In mid-December, Ferrara-Miller announced that her one-person nonprofit erased the lunchroom debt in more than 250 schools in Gwinnett, Fulton, Cobb, Barrow and Fayette counties. All For Lunch gave more than $130,000 to schools — including more than $75,000 in Gwinnett — so that families wouldn't go into the holiday season with outstanding school lunch debt. On December 19, Ferrara-Miller said she planned to meet with administrators in Forsyth County to eliminate lunch debt in more than 40 schools before the end of 2022. Ferrara-Miller said she got the idea to pay off school lunch debt after seeing a news report about a young student in Alabama who was sent home from school one day with a stamp on his arm that said, “I need lunch money.” A digital asset portfolio manager by day, Ferrara-Miller established All For Lunch (using the book “Nonprofits for Dummies” as a guide) and began her push to put a dent in the debt many families accrue in school cafeterias across the metro area. According to the Educational Data Initiative, more than 1.5 million students can't afford a school lunch, resulting in a school meal debt of some $250 million. More than three-quarters of the schools in the country have unpaid lunch debt and at the beginning of the 2022-23 school year, the free lunches that had been offered to students in the wake of the COVID pandemic were no longer offered. North Gwinnett grad Seth Anderson committed Sunday to the Iowa Hawkeyes football program. Anderson was a hot prospect in the transfer portal after a breakout 2022 season at Charleston Southern, where he earned Freshman All-American honors and was the Big South Conference Offensive Player of the Year as a redshirt freshman. The 6-foot, 178-pound wide receiver had 42 catches for 628 yards and seven touchdowns. Anderson, who earned second-team all-region honors and honorable mention all-county acclaim as a North senior in 2020, is the son of longtime NFL receiver Willie “Flipper” Anderson, whose 336 receiving yards against the Saints in 1989 is an NFL record. Seth chose the Hawkeyes over Georgia Tech, James Madison, and Appalachian State, among others. Iowa went 8-5 this season, with a 5-4 mark in the Big Ten. The Hawkeyes capped off their season Saturday with a 21-0 win over Kentucky in the Music City Bowl. Gwinnett County officials are warning residents to be wary of anyone who shows up at their door claiming to work for the county's water department — because that person is an imposter. Officials said reports have been coming in to Gwinnett County Water Resources about someone trying to enter homes while claiming to work for a Gwinnett County lab. Most of the attempts have targeted Spanish-speaking families who live in the Norcross area. Residents are advised to not let anyone asking to test their water into their homes. They are also asked to call 9-1-1, especially if they don't feel safe or they think someone is trying to break into their home. They can also call the Department of Water Resource's 24-hour dispatch line if they have questions or concerns. On January first of 2019 history was made as Gwinnett County Commissioner Marlene Fosque and school board member Everton Blair became the first African-Americans to serve on their respective boards. Four years later, they will both leave their respective offices this weekend. Saturday marked the last official day of Fosque's and Blair's terms of office. Blair opted to not seek re-election this year while Fosque's bid for a second term in the County Commission District 4 ended in defeat last month. At Fosque's last commission business meeting on December 13, she quoted Nelson Mandela as she reflected on her time in office. “He said, ‘What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we led,' Fosque said. “I hope and I pray that I made a difference in your lives as a commissioner, and I want you to know that you definitely made a difference — a positive, not just a difference but a positive difference — in my life and I thank you all.” Fosque and Blair were celebrated by their respective colleagues earlier this month, not only for the historic firsts that their elections represented, but also for the work they did on their respective boards. Fosque, for example, was hailed for her work on Project RESET and Project RESET 2.0, programs that she championed and helped get off the ground to help families with financial assistance to stay in their residences during the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, Blair received a plaque from Gwinnett County Public Schools Superintendent Calvin Watts during the school board's December meeting. Blair, who was the board's chairman in 2021, was recognized for bringing “innovation, the innovative ideas” and “valuable leadership input” to the board and for his commitment to the school system during Watts' presentation. For advertising inquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.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/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
People who live in northwest Gwinnett County will have a chance to get a year's worth of free pizza next week. A new Pizza Hut location, which is run by Flynn Restaurant Group, opened at 1550 Buford Highway in Buford on Dec. 23, but it's what the new store has planned for its grand opening festivities next week that will have tongues salivating. The first 25 customers who are in line at the store on Jan. 6 will get free pizza for a year. There are some limits on what pizzas qualify for the free pizza for a year, and what locations the pizzas can be picked up at. The deal is only valid at locations owned by Flynn Restaurant Group — which happens to be Pizza Hut's largest franchisee and which owns 10 other Pizza locations in Gwinnett County. In addition to the Buford location, Flynn Restaurant Group also owns locations in Sugar Hill, Suwanee, Auburn, Dacula, Duluth, Lawrenceville, Lilburn, Loganville, Norcross and Snellville. It also owns 15 other locations in metro Atlanta, including stores nearby cities such as Cumming, Flowery Branch, Hoschton and Alpharetta. Other limitations on the free pizza for a year offer customers only being able to use it to get two complimentary specialty pizzas or up to three topping large pizzas per month for a year, a limit of one pizza per party, it only being valid on carryout orders, and it only being valid on Thin N' Crispy, original pan and hand tossed crusts. The new store is expected to add 15 new jobs to the Buford and Sugar Hill area. Now in its seventh decade of delivering compelling performances all over the world, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre — recognized by Congress as a vital American “Cultural Ambassador to the World” — will make its return to Atlanta's Fabulous Fox Theatre for a series of shows in mid-February. Led by artistic director Robert Battle, the Ailey troupe will showcase premiers, new productions and repertory favorites for five performances February 16-19 as part of a 22-city North American tour. While each performance will feature different choreographed works — including pieces by Kyle Abraham, Jamar Roberts and Twyla Tharp — each presentation will conclude with the stirring Ailey-choregraphed “Revelations,” which made its debut in 1960 and has been seen by more people than any other modern dance work. Ailey's Fox Theatre residency begins at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 16 with Tharp's 1997 piece “Roy's Joys,” a new production of the 1986 production of “Survivors,” Ailey's tribute to Nelson and Winnie Mandela, and “Revelations. Tickets, starting at $29, are available at the Fox Theatre box office at 660 Peachtree St., or by calling 855-285-8499 or visiting www.alvinailey.org or www.foxatltix.com. The arts in Gwinnett made great strides in 2022 to return to the pre-COVID world, where more than one nonprofit was overjoyed to find their doors still open. As a result, the vitality and pure joy of being back on stage or opening gallery doors was evident in the work art lovers could again absorb. Below are just a few of the highlights that made this writer smile in 2022. There were so many great performances, great exhibitions, great moments that it is hard to choose. Spring was an exciting time for Gwinnett performing arts groups and audiences. ♦ Live Arts Theatre has been nurturing and growing talent for many years. In March, their efforts were enhanced when LAT Actor Rodney Johnson won Best Performer for his work in the play “Sea Wall” at both the Southeastern Theatre Conference and the Georgia Theatre Conference. ♦ The Aurora Theatre was the venue April 2-3 when Atlanta's amazing “Dance Canvas” highlighted the work of seven emerging choreographers. Dance Canvas' Founder and Director, Angela Harris, has a special relationship with the Aurora, having danced in a number of their productions over the years. ♦ Spring was also celebrated by the joining of two of the Southeast's premiere Barber Shop Choruses. Gwinnett's lauded Stone Mountain Chorus and Atlanta Harmony Celebration joined their voices together in a concert at Mountain Park's United Methodist Church on May 21. ♦ Also in May, Duluth photographer Mary Buck traveled to Spain and returned with another treasure trove of images. Buck is known for her extraordinary photos of birds, whether taken in her own backyard or on the other side of the world. Art Beat columns of summer and early fall seemed to be full of young, talented Gwinnett dancers finding success. ♦ Rachael Graham was once a featured performer at Gwinnett Ballet Theatre. Since this summer, she has sported a number of tiaras, dancing and singing as Disney Princesses on their Cruise Line in the Caribbean. ♦ Dreams came true for another ex-Gwinnett Ballet dancer. Runako Campbell is living the dream in New York City where she has performed in a variety of shows, commercials, and with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet. ♦ The Hudgens Center is one of Gwinnett's treasured arts entities, and The Hudgens Prize is a great example of how philanthropy can lift emerging artists into the spotlight. This year's winner is sculptor Olu Amoda who received the Prize with its $50,000 cash gift in October. ♦ “The Lion in Winter” was presented in early December by Lionheart Theatre, directed by Brandi Kilgore. Taking on such a renowned and powerful work is a true artistic test and certainly a highlight of Lionheart's season. As 2022 comes to a close, one more young artist is spreading wings and flying into her future. ♦ By the new year, 10-year-old Lillian Sears, who has trained at Duluth's Atlanta Professional Dance Academy, will begin studying at the Paris Opera Ballet. She is the first North American to be accepted into the POB's six-month audition program. Dreams do come true. Here's to 2023! Grayson's girls basketball team defeated Archbishop Chapelle (La.) 58-22 Thursday in the championship game of the St. Pius Christmas Classic. The Rams went 3-0 in the tournament, improving to 10-4 on the season. Tatum Brown was named tournament MVP, and Samara Saunders earned a spot on the all-tournament team. The Rams are back at home Friday where they'll open the New Year with a game against Brookwood. Georgia saw its population increase by 1.7% between 2020 and 2022, new numbers from the Census Bureau show. As of July 1, Georgia's population stood at more than 10.9 million, up from about 10.7 million at the same time in 2020. The Peach State's neighbor to the south, Florida, saw its population increase at a higher rate of 3% during the same timeframe, Census numbers show. South Carolina (2.9%), North Carolina (2.4%) and Tennessee (1.8%) also grew more than the Peach State, though Georgia has a higher population than the three states. However, Georgia's growth outpaced that of Alabama, which saw its population increase by 0.9%. For more information, visit www.lanierislands.com For advertising inquiries, please email email@example.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/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Wake up, Gary, it's time to come back to Dooling! We're back to explore chapter 19 of Stephen and Owen King's "Sleeping Beauties". Most of our time is spent at the Squeaky doing meth in the bathroom and licking up some of that sweet, tender Grade A Misogyny! We also hang out at the Norcross home to learn more about the connection with Sheila. It's a stretchin' hoot, Gary! ------------------Tommyknockin is brought to you by Rhythm Insurance, www.rhythminsurance.comAs well as Caerus & Hermes, contact Tim at firstname.lastname@example.org
A lead teacher at a Lawrenceville-based family child care learning home is one of three recipients of the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning's (DECAL) Early Childhood Educator of the Year award for 2022-23. According to a Dec. 16 release from DECAL, the state agency responsible for meeting the child care and early education needs of Georgia children and their families, Elianne Aguilera, from Eli's Academy in Lawrenceville, was named the state's winning toddler educator of the year. It was also announced that the winning infant educator was Mary Barber with Kid's Express Learning Center in Hawkinsville and the winning preschool educator is Tierra Faulcon with Faulcon Prep Academy in Smyrna. Aguilera, Barner and Faulcon will receive $3,000 for their personal use, $2,000 for a classroom makeover and up to $2,500 for their school to cover travel expenses and stipends for substitute teachers as they fulfill their duties at Georgia's Early Childhood Educators of the Year. All three teachers will serve as ambassadors for the state's early childhood educators by modeling effective classroom practices and making public speaking appearances. #GwinnettDailyPost #Georgia #LocalNews -- - - The Gwinnett Daily Post Podcast is local news for Lawrenceville, Norcross, Duluth, and all of Gwinnett County. Register Here for your essential digital news. This podcast was produced and published for the Gwinnett Daily Post and GwinnettDailyPost.com by BG Ad Group For advertising inquiries, please email email@example.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/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Governor Brian Kemp picked a Duluth-based attorney to fill the newly created seventh Gwinnett County State Court Judge seat, starting in January. Kemp's office announced on Friday night that the governor has appointed Jaletta Long Smith to fill the seat, which was created by the Georgia General Assembly earlier this year. Smith is a Gwinnett native and a litigation associate at Andersen, Tate and Carr PC in Duluth. Smith's focus area at Andersen, Tate and Carr has been on civil litigation and appellate matters, according to the governor's office. She earned her bachelor's degree in communication studies and Spanish from Clemson University and her law degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock's William H. Bowen School of Law. Smith served as a law clerk for three judges: U.S. District Court for Eastern District of Arkansas Judge Kristine G. Baker, retire Arkansas Supreme Court Justice Robert L. Brown and former Georgia Supreme Court Justice Britt C. Grant. She handled civil and criminal appeals for Brown and Grant and federal civil and criminal trial matters for Baker. Smith was a Bowen Scholar, which is a full academic scholarship, at Arkansas-Little Rock and graduated in 2010 with high honors and among the top three students in her class. She was also the executive editor of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Law Review. During her time at Arkansas-Little Rock, she was also one of six students who were picked to compete on the Bowen Trial team and received a Dean's Certificate of Distinguished Service. She was a member of he Judge Henry Woods Inn of Court in Little Rock as well. Smith was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa and a Tiger Feature Twirler at Clemson, according to her biography on the Andersen, Tate and Carr website. Smith and her husband, Andy, have two children. The Atlanta Regional Commission awarded funding for seven transportation-related projects in Gwinnett County, including a Satellite Boulevard Bus Rapid Transit line, on Wednesday. The projects are part of a list of 77 metro Atlanta transportation projects that will split $235 million in federal transportation funding that the ARC is tasked with distributing. The funding is part of the Transportation Improvement Program, also known as TIP. The proposed BRT line on Satellite Boulevard is one of the biggest projects from Gwinnett, and it is set to receive $6.4 million in federal funding through the ARC. It is expected to run from the OFS property off Jimmy Carter Boulevard in Norcross to the Sugarloaf Mills Park and Ride lot in Lawrenceville. The federal funding will be used to begin environmental and design work on the proposed BRT line. Gwinnett officials have been looking at how to improve mobility adjacent to the Interstate 85 corridor. BRT, which is a setup where buses act somewhat similar to trains in that they travel in dedicated lanes, is one of the options that has been discussed in recent years. The county is putting up $1.6 million as a local matching share on the federal dollars, meaning a total of $8 million will be used to kick off the environmental and design work. But, BRT is not the only big project in Gwinnett that is expected to get funding. There is $6 million in federal funding going to the Georgia Department of Transportation for the widening of Scenic Highway, also known as State Route 124, between U.S. Highway 78 in Snellville and Sugarloaf Parkway in Lawrenceville. State and county officials have been planning to add an additional lane in each direction for years. For a list of the other projects receiving funds, please visit Gwinnett Daily Post dot Com. Duluth senior Sean Kimani will play his college football in the Ivy League, committing Sunday to Columbia University. Kimani, a 6-foot-5, 290-pound offensive lineman, was a first-team all-county selection this season by the Touchdown Club of Gwinnett. He also has a 4.0 GPA. He joins a Lions program that finished 2022 with a 6-4 record, going 3-4 against Ivy League competition. The backdrop for Lions home games is different than what you might see on most college campuses, as Columbia plays its home games in Manhattan, at Robert K. Kraft Field at Lawrence A. Wien Stadium. Columbia's 2023 football season kicks off on September 16th at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania. Ivy League teams traditionally begin their football seasons a few weeks later than other colleges to help accommodate players doing summer internships across the county and world. Shiloh Elementary School is getting a new principal — who parents, students and teachers are already familiar with — while Gwinnett County Public Schools will see new faces in two positions, including a new chief financial officer and executive director of leadership development. Jennifer Mercedes, who has been an assistant principal at Shiloh Elementary School since 2018, will become the school's new principal. Meanwhile, Masana L. Mailliard has been hired as Gwinnett County Public Schools' new chief financial officer and Chandra Walker will become the district's new executive director of leadership development. In addition to being Shiloh's assistant principal for the new four years, Mercedes has held positions at two other schools in the district, according to a background provided by GCPS. Mailliard is coming to GCPS from the DeKalb County School District, where she has been the deputy chief financial officer since 2020. And, Walker has been a GCPS employee since 2003, and has served as the district's director of leadership development since 2013. A fire that officials said was caused by an electrical issue destroyed a Loganville home Friday night. Just before 6 p.m., firefighters responded to a fire at the 800 block of Creek Cove Way South East. A neighbor called 911 to report the house fire and believed that the homeowner was absent. When fire crews arrived they found heavy fire blowing through the roof. Once the fire was knocked down searches were completed that confirmed the house was vacant during the fire, McGiboney said. The scene was brought under control by 7:20 p.m. Twenty-nine firefighters responded to the incident. A Dacula man has been arrested and charged in the murder of a Gwinnett County senior corrections officer who was killed in the parking lot of the county's corrections facility earlier this week. The Gwinnett County Police Department's SWAT Team arrested Yahya Abdulkadir, in Lithonia on Friday afternoon. He faces felony murder and aggravated assault charges in the death of Scott Riner, who was killed on Tuesday morning. The Gwinnett Police Homicide Unit has been working this case around the clock since early Tuesday when the incident occurred. The SWAT Team was backed up by Gwinnett Sheriff's deputies, U.S. Marshals, ATF agents and officials from the Gwinnett County District Attorney's Office as they made the arrest. The suspect was arrested without incident. #GwinnettDailyPost #Georgia #LocalNews -- - - The Gwinnett Daily Post Podcast is local news for Lawrenceville, Norcross, Duluth, and all of Gwinnett County. Register Here for your essential digital news. 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A fire that officials said was caused by an electrical issue destroyed a Loganville home Friday night. Just before 6 p.m., firefighters responded to a fire at the 800 block of Creek Cove Way SE . “A neighbor called 911 to report the house fire and believed that the homeowner was absent,” Capt. Ryan McGiboney said. When fire crews arrived they found heavy fire blowing through the roof. #GwinnettDailyPost #Georgia #LocalNews -- - - The Gwinnett Daily Post Podcast is local news for Lawrenceville, Norcross, Duluth, and all of Gwinnett County. Register Here for your essential digital news. This podcast was produced and published for the Gwinnett Daily Post and GwinnettDailyPost.com by BG Ad Group For advertising inquiries, please email email@example.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/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The manager of Magnolia Estates of Winder Assisted Living Center, who was recently elected to the Georgia House of Representatives, is accused of stealing medications from the assisted living home. The Barrow County Sheriff's Office said Danny Rampey, 67, of Statham, was arrested on Thursday and charged with unauthorized distribution or possession of a controlled substance, burglary and exploitation and intimidation of disabled adults, elderly persons and residents The Sheriff's Office said investigators received reports over the past two weeks of Magnolia Estates of Winder residents missing medication and "initiated an investigation into the allegations" and used surveillance operations to assist in the collection of evidence. According to the Sheriff's Office, deputies arrested Rampey on Dec. 15 as he was leaving an unoccupied residence of the assisting living home. More charges could be filed as the investigation continues, the Sheriff's Office said. The Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with information regarding this case to contact the Barrow County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Unit at 770-307-3080 ext. 3083. Rampey ran unopposed for the District 119 seat in the general election after winning the Republican primary and is taking over the District 119 seat. Gwinnett police said a man was found dead near the entrance of his home in a Norcross area neighborhood Thursday night. Officers were called to the home on Stanfield Court in unincorporated Norcross around 7 p.m. on a report that a person had been shot. They discovered the 23-year-old man dead from an apparent gunshot wound. Anyone who has information about the shooting is asked to call detectives at 770-513-5300 or Crime Stoppers, which lets tipsters remain anonymous, at 404-577-8477. They can also visit www.stopcrimeATL.com. Crime Stoppers offers a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest and indictment. Gwinnett County Public Schools employees will get extra money just in time for Christmas. The county's school board approved one-time $1,000 payments. GCPS Superintendent Calvin Watts said all benefits-eligible employees of the district who were employed as of Dec. 1 will receive a payment. The payments will be included as a lump sum on employees paychecks that will be issued on Dec. 21. Funding for the payments comes from the Elementary Secondary School Emergency Relief, or ESSER, federal funding package, according to Watts. Duluth's Purple Team won the Georgia High School Association eSports state championship in League of Legends on Wednesday. It is the third eSports state title for a Gwinnett County Public Schools program after Brookwood won Super Smash Bros and North Gwinnett won League of Legends in the spring 2022 season. The Wildcats, runner-up in the spring season, defeated Northview 2-0 in the finals with the team of Corey Chen, Paul Shim, Phillip Chao, Brian Do and Kristian Napire. Other members of the Duluth eSports team are Yeong Lee, Tara Tu, Charles Deng, Cotrell Cooper, Wilson Nguyen, Ian Beltran, Michael Soto and Joseph de Lima. The modern history of the Atlanta music scene cannot be written without devoting a full chapter to Michelle Malone. With her smoking six-string, Malone has been blazing melodic trails for parts of five decades with her blend of rock, blues and Americana, and her collaborators include the likes of Drivin' n' Cryin', Caroline Aiken, Indigo Girls and Shawn Mullins, among many others. But every year when December rolls around, Malone assumes a slightly different persona as she morphs into the guitar-wielding chanteuse leading Michelle Malone and the Hot Toddies, performing your favorite Christmas songs with a twangy, jazzy vibe. The Hot Toddies — with their latest album release “Toddie Time” — will visit the Aurora Theatre at the Lawrenceville Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 20. Malone said that she started hosting holiday-centric shows in 2017, due to Christmas residing so near and dear to her heart. The holiday shows are not only a treat to pull off, but they also allow Mallone a brief respite from her usual performance style. She's also adamant that the songs performed will evoke memories a of certain time period in American history, complete with tunes made famous by Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, Elvis Presley, Rosemary Clooney and Brenda Lee. Gwinnett County resident Kaitlyn Sanchez was 10 years old when she first attended a Cops and Kids Christmas event. Now, 14 years later, she's back with her 10-month old son, Gianni. Cops and Kids Christmas is an annual event hosted by the Gwinnett Fraternal Order of Police and is meant to spread good will and holiday spirit to families in need. Thursday night's shopping spree marked the 33rd year of the event and took place at the Lawrenceville Walmart Supercenter. Upon sign-in, each family is paired with local law enforcement officers who accompany them as they browse and select gift options. Some, like Capt. Audrey Henderson with the Lawrenceville Police Department, have participated for 10 years or more. Henderson, who shopped with a young girl named Gabby and her family, stated her favorite part of the event was watching the children's faces light up. Event organizer Connie Chesser stated that this year they identified and approved 132 children, approximately 64 families, to participate in the event. In order to qualify, families must be residents of Gwinnett County and the children must receive Medicaid benefits. Families with children ages 3 through 15 had $150 to spend and newborns through age 2 had $75. Snacks and holiday treats as well as boxed dinners were also provided. 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Anyone with information is asked to help police solve multiple shootings; And the funeral for a popular Gwinnett attorney was held this week. #GwinnettDailyPost #Georgia #LocalNews -- - - The Gwinnett Daily Post Podcast is local news for Lawrenceville, Norcross, Duluth, and all of Gwinnett County. Register Here for your essential digital news. This podcast was produced and published for the Gwinnett Daily Post and GwinnettDailyPost.com by BG Ad Group For advertising inquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.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/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Thanks to a foster parent's social media efforts, Buford-based Jambos Donates is more than doubling its pajama output in the final month of 2022. Now in its fifth year of operation, Jambos provides new pajamas for foster children in Georgia and throughout the country. In 2022, the nonprofit founded by Rebekah Black will have served children in all 50 states and in 13 countries, sending out some 22,000 pairs of children's sleepwear. This summer, Jambos sent some pajamas to a foster parent — Black thinks she lives in Illinois — who happens to have more than 1 million followers on TikTok. To say the nonprofit was subsequently inundated by requests would be a bit of an understatement. While Black relates she's got a lot of volunteers to help out, Jambos is also in need of some operating capital and — surprise! — pajamas. Jambos is seeking to collect 11,000 pajamas for kids of all ages and sizes. The organization is also in need of donations to fund the shipment of all those jammies at an estimated cost of $30,000 to $32,000. Black said Jambos' original December plan was to ship about 6,000 pairs of pajamas, but now she's looking at amassing and sending out close to double that amount. When the rush of the holiday season passes, January will bring yet another rash of requests. When asked what she envisioned 2023 to look like for Jambos, Black said, “We are going to continue to serve the kids all over the country and we'll take on new territories internationally because we do that every year. For more information, go to www.jambosdonates.com t wouldn't be the holiday season in Gwinnett without the Aurora Theatre's “A Christmas Carol” which is being staged through December 23 at the Lawrenceville Arts Center. Aurora Theatre Co-Founder Anthony Rodriguez returns to star in the one-man show for a 16th year. Rodriguez's performance has become a holiday staple, as his storytelling is enhanced with the latest technology. The show, which is directed by Katie Erin Chambers, is 70 minutes of nonstop fun without an intermission and is suitable for all audiences. The show has an 8 p.m. start time on December 17 and 21-23, with 2:30 p.m. starts on December 17, 18 and 23. “A Christmas Carol” marks a return to the stage for Rodriguez, who stepped away from leading the Aurora Theatre's daily operations earlier this year after he was named the first executive director for the HUB404 Conservancy. Rodriguez, the Aurora theatre's co-founder and former president opened the Lawrenceville venue in 1996 and grew it from one employee and a $50,000 annual budget to a thriving, successful company with nearly 30 employees and a $4.2 million annual budget. He also serves on the boards for the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce and Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and assists the Atlanta Regional Commission and National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures. HUB404 aims to transform a multi-purpose nine-acre public greenspace that's currently above Georgia 400 state highway and MARTA's Buckhead rail station at the northern gateway to the City of Atlanta and will extend from Peachtree Road to Lenox Road. The Lawrenceville Arts Center also is hosting its “Festival of Trees” through December 22. Jackson Electric Membership Corporation is accepting applications for the annual Washington Youth Tour, sponsored by the nation's electric cooperatives. Jackson EMC will send four student delegates on an all-expense paid leadership development experience to Washington, D.C., June 15-22, 2023. Current high school sophomores and juniors in the Jackson EMC service region who have demonstrated leadership potential, academic success and community service may apply directly online at www.jacksonemc.com/wyt or through their high school guidance counselor or teacher, who may nominate candidates for consideration. Applications must be received at Jackson EMC by 5 p.m. on January 31, 2023. Finalists will interview on February 20, 2023, with a panel of business, community and university leaders to be one of Jackson EMC's four delegates to receive the Washington Youth Tour leadership experience. For more information and to download an application, visit www.jacksonemc.com/wyt. Six Gwinnett High Schools will be competing in the 15th Annual Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards this school year. Collins Hill, Grayson, Greater Atlanta Christian, Lanier, Mountain View and Providence Christian Academy will all be vying for awards and scholarships in the state's biggest theatrical and musical competition. The Shuler Awards or The Shulers — named for the Marietta-born stage and screen star Shuler Hensley — will be held and broadcast live from the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on April 20, where the winners of the competition's 18 categories will be announced. Fulton County had a state-high 10 schools register to participate in the competition, followed by Gwinnett with six and Cobb and Forsyth counties each with four, as 22 counties have at least one school competing in the event. ArtsBridge Foundation Executive Director Jennifer Dobbs cited several changes made last year that positively impacted the 2022-23 Shuler Awards competition and ArtsBridge Foundation's commitment to its mission, vision, and Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access initiative. The competition will send 70 volunteer adjudicators to attend live performances throughout the state to determine who was best on stage. The categories include direction, music direction, orchestra, lighting, scenic design, choreography, ensemble, costumes, overall production, Shuler Showstopper and best performances by a leading actress and actor, supporting performers and a featured performer. The recipients of the Shuler Awards' leading actress and actor will be sent to New York City as Georgia's entrants for the National High School Musical Theatre Awards program named The Jimmy Awards. They will participate in the awards show at the Minskoff Theatre on Broadway on June 26, where scholarships and professional opportunities will be awarded to the top performers. #GwinnettDailyPost #Georgia #LocalNews -- - - The Gwinnett Daily Post Podcast is local news for Lawrenceville, Norcross, Duluth, and all of Gwinnett County. Register Here for your essential digital news. 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Funeral services will be held on Friday for a popular attorney who was killed, allegedly by the ex-husband of one of his clients, last week. Doug Lewis' funeral will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday at Hamilton Mill United Methodist Church, which is located at 1450 Pine Road in Dacula. A visitation will be held from 4 until 7 p.m. on Thursday at Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel and Gardens, which is located at 3481 Hamilton Mill Road in Buford. Lewis was killed on Dec. 7, and Lawrenceville Police have charged Dacula resident Allen Tayeh with murder and arson in connection with Lewis' death. Tayeh is accused of shooting Lewis and then setting his law office on fire. #GwinnettDailyPost #Georgia #LocalNews -- - - The Gwinnett Daily Post Podcast is local news for Lawrenceville, Norcross, Duluth, and all of Gwinnett County. Register Here for your essential digital news. This podcast was produced and published for the Gwinnett Daily Post and GwinnettDailyPost.com by BG Ad Group For advertising inquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.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/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
For our last interview in the DTL Download series, we talk with Lawrenceville Mayor David Still. Also: A Gwinnett County corrections officer was killed in a shooting early Tuesday morning at the Gwinnett Corrections Center, police said. Police said the shooting happened about 6:20 a.m. at the jail, which is located at which is located on Hi Hope Road near Swanson Drive in Lawrenceville. According to police., when officers arrived at the scene they found Scott Riner shot to death in the parking lot of the facility. Police said the suspect, who has not been identified, fled the scene on foot. That led to a temporary shutdown of the Gwinnett Online Campus, which is also located on Hi Hope Road, police said. School officials say final exams will be rescheduled and students should not come to campus. Dyer Elementary Schoool and Freeman's Mill Elementary, which are located nearby, were put on a soft lockdown while police search for the suspect. Earlier, Georgia Gwinnett College was put on soft lockdown due to the incident. That lockdown was later lifted. Gwinnett County firefighters rescued a man from a fire at an apartment building in Lawrenceville on Monday night. Captain Ryan McGiboney said crews were called to the apartment building, which is located on Huff Street at 7:48 p.m. Several people who called 9-1-1 to report the fire said people were trying to escape the fire. When crews at 7:51 p.m., firefighters found one man trapped on the second floor of the two-story building, which had heavy flames that were blowing through a breezeway in the middle of the building. The cause of the fire has not been determined, but one man was treated for non-life-threatening injuries that were caused by the fire. There had been rumors that a second person was trapped in one of the apartments, but firefighters determined everyone had evacuated the building except for the one man that they rescued. Firefighters used multiple ladders, which were deployed on all sides of the building, as a precaution as they battled the flames. Crews had the fire under control at about 8 p.m. The Gwinnett Chamber will celebrate its Diamond Anniversary in February at the 75th Annual Dinner with Tammy Shumate highlighting the honorees. Shumate, director of corporate development at Capital City Home Loans, LLC, will be presented the Citizen of the Year Award, Chamber officials said. The Chamber's top award, it honors individuals whose services have had the greatest impact on the overall quality of life for Gwinnett County in recent years. The dinner, to be held February 3 at the Gas South District, is presented by Northside Hospital. The goal of the event, chamber officials said, is to focus "on local and regional business growth while honoring the exceptional public servants, corporate citizens, and compassionate organizations who lead it." In addition to honoring Shumate, Public Service Awards will be given to individuals who "have gone above and beyond in their service to the community and its residents." Parkview grad Buster Faulkner, an offensive analyst for the Georgia Bulldogs, has been hired as Georgia Tech's offensive coordinator, FootballScoop reported Monday. Faulkner, who fills a key position on the staff for new Yellow Jackets head football coach Brent Key, has worked with Georgia's quarterbacks, including Heisman Trophy finalist Stetson Bennett, since 2020. Before being hired at Georgia, Faulkner coached at Arkansas State, Southern Miss, Middle Tennessee State, Murray State, Central Arkansas and Valdosta State. He served as offensive coordinator at Arkansas State, Southern Miss, Middle Tennessee and Valdosta State. Faulkner played college football from 2000 to 2003 at Valdosta State, where he threw for 7,100 yards and 64 touchdowns in three seasons. VSU went 14-1 and finished second nationally his sophomore season, when he threw for 3,941 yards and 44 TDs. He played one final college season at Texas A&M-Commerce, throwing for 2,861 yards and 16 TDs. Faulkner was the starting quarterback for Parkview's first state championship team in 1997, his sophomore season. The growth of food insecurity among families has accelerated in recent years, according to Georgia Gwinnett College faculty members Dr. Jenna Andrews-Swann and Dr. Gregory Gullette. The pair, who teach anthropology at GGC, along with their students, seek to study the physical, social and emotional effects of food insecurity among underserved populations in the Atlanta metro region. Students on the research team are interning with local nonprofits like the Lawrenceville Cooperative Ministry and Harvest Gwinnett, a network of community gardens throughout Gwinnett County, to conduct ethnographic research. This includes noting the observations and behaviors of people depending on these community entities for food, conducting interviews and collecting survey responses to better understand these organizations and the clients they serve. This data will be carefully analyzed and shared so the project might positively impact efforts to improve food access in the region. The research will continue through mid-2023. Norcross grad Bailey Tardy, a former Georgia Bulldogs All-American, earned her LPGA Tour card with an impressive performance in the grueling, eight-round LPGA Tour Q Series. Tardy, 26, finished second at the final stage of the Tour's Q-Series on Sunday to earn her card for the 2023 season. She completed the event at a combined 27 under, posting six rounds in the 60s and closing with a 7-under 65. #GwinnettDailyPost #Georgia #LocalNews -- - - The Gwinnett Daily Post Podcast is local news for Lawrenceville, Norcross, Duluth, and all of Gwinnett County. 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Matthew Holtkamp has only a couple of weeks left to enjoy a pre-elected office life, but there was some official business he had to take care of on Friday night for his soon-to-be new position. He had to be sworn in. New commissioners typically hold their swearing in ceremonies sometime in the December before their term officially begins. This time it was Holtkamp's turn, after he defeated outgoing Commissioner Marlene Fosque in last month's general election, and the ceremony was held at the Gwinnett County Historic Courthouse. And, in true Gwinnett County commissioner fashion, Holtkamp evoked the often-mentioned “Gwinnett Standard” county mantra as he addressed supporters at the swearing-in ceremony. Holtkamp will be the only Republican on the five-member county commission when he takes office in January. In his post-swearing-in remarks, he thanked the Gwinnett Republican Party executive board for supporting his campaign. But, Holtkamp did get support from across the political aisle at his swearing-in ceremony. Two Democrats who will soon be Holtkamp's colleagues on the county commission, Chairwoman Nicole Love Hendrickson and Commissioner Kirkland Carden, attended the ceremony. Hendrickson and Holtkamp are both members of the Rotary Club of Gwinnett. As Holtkamp addressed attendees at the ceremony, he recalled moving to Gwinnett from Ohio in the 1980's and having to learn how things worked in Georgia, and also some of he local vernacular. A roller coaster of a first half and Georgia's highest scoring state championship football game ever left the Mill Creek High School players both exhausted and jubilant Saturday. They had just made history in multiple ways on a foggy night with misting rain at Georgia State's Center Parc Stadium. The Hawks won the first state football title in school history with a 70-35 rout of previously unbeaten Carrollton, giving Gwinnett its third straight state champion in Class AAAAAAA. Their 70 points broke the state record for most points scored by one team in a state final according to Georgia High School Football Daily records, besting the old mark of 62 set by Valdosta in 1971 and Warner Robins in 2020. Mill Creek finished 14-1, pushing past the school record for wins in a season by a game. It wrapped up a completely dominant postseason with another convincing victory, putting an exclamation point on a run that featured the Hawks dealing out the mercy rule of a running clock to their first four playoff opponents. The showdown of nationally ranked teams — Mill Creek is Number 18 by MaxPreps and Carrollton is Number 20, while Carrollton is Number 20 and Mill Creek is Number 24 by USA Today — featured a first half of each team landing shots with the big play. Two of the Hawks' early scoring plays were on special teams that had them up 28-14 after the first quarter. Carrollton which hadn't allowed more than 28 points in a game all season, never got the deficit to single digits after the first quarter despite 529 yards and five touchdowns from freshman quarterback Julian Lewis. The Hawks hit the 70-point mark with a nine-play, six-minute scoring drive, set up by Jamal Anderson's fourth-down sack. Kevin Mitchell's 48-yard TD run with 1:36 left in the fourth quarter capped the scoring and made Mill Creek the eighth Gwinnett school to win a state football title in Georgia's largest class, joining Brookwood, Collins Hill, Grayson, Norcross, North Gwinnett, Parkview and Peachtree Ridge. Gwinnett high school football continued its impressive run with Mill Creek's championship. At least one Gwinnett team has won a state football title in 15 of the past 17 seasons. A Navy veteran who went on to work for the Veterans Administration and participated in several community groups has received a recognition from the Daughters of the American Revolution. The Philadelphia Winn Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently presented a DAR America 250 Commendation to Terry Edward Pyatt Manning. Manning was recognized for roles he filled in the the armed forces and Veterans Administration as well as roles he filled in the community. He served in the Navy from 1967 until 1970 and left the military as a petty officer first class. He later went on to work for the Veterans Administration, where he eventually became the auditor-in-charge. But, he was also president of the Friends of the National Archives Southeast Region, is a member of the Gwinnett Historical Society, co-founded the Gwinnett County Genealogy Study Group and gives lectures on early American history, which he does while wearing colonial attire. Manning, who is married to Philadelphia Winn chapter member Virginia Manning, is also involved with groups that work with the DAR. He is a member of the Button Gwinnett Sons of the American Revolution, the Atlanta Sons of the American Revolution, the Georgia Society of the Sons of the American Revolution and is the Senior President of the Allen Howard Society of the Children of the American Revolution. Northside Hospital will be building more of the new tower at its Gwinnett campus right away than previously announced, in a move that will make the Lawrenceville site the largest campus in the Northside Hospital system in 2025. Officials from Northside said the Georgia Department of Community Health gave them the green light on Wednesday to add seven more stories onto the construction that is gearing up for the new inpatient tower that is being built at the Gwinnett campus. That will put the tower at 17 stories, which is the height it was always intended to eventually be, all in one go at construction rather than in phases as was previously planned. It will add 146 patient beds at the hospital, and put Northside Gwinnett at a total of 696 beds. The tower, when completed, is expected to compete for the title of being the tallest building in Gwinnett County, at a height of 257 feet and six inches. Its closest competitor for the title, local officials had said in the past, would be the Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta hotel, which has at least 15 floors. Getting the permission to build additional seven floors means the tower will not be built in stages, as had been the plan at one time. With state authorization granted, Northside officials now only need the blessing of the Federal Aviation Administration — since the hospital is near Briscoe Field and the tower will be more than 200 feet tall — to proceed. The hospital system has already filed paperwork to get the FAA's blessing, and is expecting an answer soon. When former Gwinnett County Commission Chairwoman Charlotte Nash was a young girl growing up in the Harbins area, farming was still king. She recalls a time when eastern Gwinnett was truly rural — even though it's less developed that other parts of Gwinnett today, Nash is quick to point that she does not believe it's really rural anymore. When she thinks of the area being rural, she thinks of the farmland that used to be widespread in eastern Gwinnett. In fact, she remembers there being more farmland than forests in the Dacula area back in the day. Nash was one of several dignitaries, including Governor Brian Kemp and current Gwinnett Commission Chairwoman Nicole Love Hendrickson, who attended Rowen's groundbreaking ceremony, which was held on a field on Drowning Creek Road on Friday. The 2,000-acre research-oriented “knowledge community” mixed-use development, located between Dacula and the Gwinnett-Barrow county line, has been in the planning stages since it was first announced in 2020, in Nash's final year in office. It is expected to take decades to build out, but it is projected to create at least 100,000 new jobs in eastern Gwinnett, according to Rowen Foundation President Mason Ailstock. The agricultural innovation aspect of Rowen in particular will likely have a major impact across the state since, according to the Georgia Department of Economic Development, agribusiness is the state's largest industry. Buford's wrestling team won the 18-team Aaron Kirkland Invitational on Saturday. The tournament honors former Buford wrestler Kirkland, who died in an October 2021 car accident. The Wolves finished ahead of runner-up Rockmart, third-place Mount Pisgah, fourth-place Creekview and fifth-place Etowah. Buford's D.J. Clarke, Rylan Ibold, Kieron McCormack, Drew Gorman, Gavin Pope and Aaron Riner won weight class titles. #GwinnettDailyPost #Georgia #LocalNews -- - - The Gwinnett Daily Post Podcast is local news for Lawrenceville, Norcross, Duluth, and all of Gwinnett County. Register Here for your essential digital news. This podcast was produced and published for the Gwinnett Daily Post and GwinnettDailyPost.com by BG Ad Group For advertising inquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.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/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
A roller coaster of a first half and Georgia's highest scoring state championship football game ever left the Mill Creek High School players both exhausted and jubilant Saturday. They had just made history in multiple ways on a foggy night with misting rain at Georgia State's Center Parc Stadium. #GwinnettDailyPost #Georgia #LocalNews -- - - The Gwinnett Daily Post Podcast is local news for Lawrenceville, Norcross, Duluth, and all of Gwinnett County. Register Here for your essential digital news. This podcast was produced and published for the Gwinnett Daily Post and GwinnettDailyPost.com by BG Ad Group For advertising inquiries, please email email@example.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/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock did better in Gwinnett County in Tuesday's runoff than he did in the runoff in January 2021 when he was first elected to the U.S. Senate. Unofficial results show Warnock received 62.13% of the 265,420 votes cast in Gwinnett for the runoff. Statewide, he defeated Republican challenger Herschel Walker in the runoff. By comparison, Warnock received 60.63% of the vote in Gwinnett when he faced then-Sen. Kelly Loeffler in January 2021. A Duluth man appeared before a federal judge on Monday and admitted his guilt in participating in the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. John David Ross Gould agreed to the plea agreement — in which he would plead guilty to parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building — with prosecutors on Nov. 30 before formally entering it this week, according to court documents. Gould is accused of entering the Capitol with other rioters while Congress was meeting to certify the Electoral College votes, which would make Joe Biden president. Rioters had attended a rally with former President Donald Trump, who lost to Biden in the 2020 election and claimed it was the result of fraud, before they marched to the Capitol. A convicted sex offender from Gwinnett County who has been on the run for nearly five years was arrested in Mexico over the weekend, according to the U.S. Marshals Service. Brad A. Hatter, 58, was first arrested in Gwinnett in December 2005 on charges related to an allegation that he tried to meet a 9-year-old girl to engage in sexual activity. He was convicted on an attempted to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity charge in May 2007 and sentenced to 108 months in prison. He was released in September 2017 under the condition that he report to a federal probation officer and register as a sex offender. Hatter disappeared a few months later, on Jan. 21, 2018, when he stopped reporting to his probation officer and ceased reporting as a sex offender. #GwinnettDailyPost #Georgia #LocalNews -- - - The Gwinnett Daily Post Podcast is local news for Lawrenceville, Norcross, Duluth, and all of Gwinnett County. Register Here for your essential digital news. This podcast was produced and published for the Gwinnett Daily Post and GwinnettDailyPost.com by BG Ad Group For advertising inquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.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/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jackson Electric Membership Cooperative is currently accepting applications for the annual Walter Harrison Scholarship, which provides $1,000 for academic expenses to students pursuing post-secondary education at Georgia colleges and technical schools. Applicants must be accepted, or enrolled currently, as a full- or part-time student, at any accredited two- or four-year university, college, or vocational-technical institute in Georgia. Student applicants must live in a primary residence served by Jackson EMC. The scholarship is merit-based, and students are evaluated on financial need, grade point average, SAT scores, academic standing, scholastic honors and community involvement. Applicants must complete an application and submit a biographical sketch with educational goals. To receive an application, students should contact their school guidance counselor or visit www.jacksonemc.com/walterharrisonscholarship. Fifteen students across Georgia will be awarded scholarships, which are sponsored by Georgia's 41 electric cooperatives. Completed applications are due by January 31, 2023. The Walter Harrison Scholarship is named in honor of a leader in the state and national electric cooperative movements. Since 1985, more than $250,000 in scholarships have been awarded to 261 recipients. Judges select winners for the Harrison Sch