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Atlanta Hawks and State Farm unveil Gwinnett County's first joint co-branded Courts and State Farm Good Neighbor Club

Gwinnett’s Lucky Shoals Park Is Home to the 24th and 25th Hawks Courts and a New State Farm Good Neighbor Club The Atlanta Hawks and State Farm unveiled their first full facility with new basketball courts along with the second Good Neighbor Club at Lucky Shoals Park in Gwinnett. The outdoor courts, delivered by UPS, are the 24th and 25th to be renovated by the Hawks over the past five years, with courts 26 and 27 expected to be completed before the end of this year.
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Solar Farm Powering Facebook Hosts Grazing Guests

Land occupied by solar farm being used for agricultural production A solar farm that Walton Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) depends on to provide electricity to Facebook’s Newton Data Center is now a farm in every sense of the word.
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Georgia Ensemble Theatre Opens 2019-2020 Season with Tennessee Williams Classic 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof'

Georgia Ensemble Theatre (GET), the professional North Fulton theatre company, will open its 27th season this September with a southern classic from Tennessee Williams: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof .
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Local News

Atlanta Hawks and State Farm unveil Gwinnett County's first joint co-branded Courts and State Farm Good Neighbor Club

Gwinnett’s Lucky Shoals Park Is Home to the 24th and 25th Hawks Courts and a New State Farm Good Neighbor Club The Atlanta Hawks and State Farm unveiled their first full facility with new basketball courts along with the second Good Neighbor Club at Lucky Shoals Park in Gwinnett. The outdoor courts, delivered by UPS, are the 24th and 25th to be renovated by the Hawks over the past five years, with courts 26 and 27 expected to be completed before the end of this year.
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Local 15-year-old wins Life Care's nationwide Youth Volunteer Award

On Monday, Aug. 26, Life Care Centers of America recognized the contributions of volunteer Miguel Harris during the company's annual management meeting awards dinner at its headquarters in Cleveland, Tennessee.
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Solar Farm Powering Facebook Hosts Grazing Guests

Land occupied by solar farm being used for agricultural production A solar farm that Walton Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) depends on to provide electricity to Facebook’s Newton Data Center is now a farm in every sense of the word.
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GGC recognized for its diverse student body for sixth straight year

For the sixth year in a row, Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report magazine as the most ethnically diverse Southern regional college. The ranking was included in the magazine’s 2020 “College Compass” report, issued today.
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Saint Leo University Ranked as Best Value in South for 2020 by U.S. News

Earns Top Rankings in Best Regional University, Best for Veterans, Campus Ethnic Diversity Saint Leo University ( www.saintleo.ed u) was ranked as one of the best regional universities and best values in higher education in the South in 2020 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges rankings.
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Georgia Ensemble Theatre Opens 2019-2020 Season with Tennessee Williams Classic 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof'

Georgia Ensemble Theatre (GET), the professional North Fulton theatre company, will open its 27th season this September with a southern classic from Tennessee Williams: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof .
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A Close Shave in Snellville, Georgia

Survivors will often say that near-death experiences can bring out the best in people and reveal what’s really important in life — things like family, community, and faith.
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Lawrenceville Youth earns Eagle Scout Rank

Kani McLean, 15, of Lawrenceville, GA has earned the highest award the Scouts BSA | Boy Scouts of America offers to Scouts, the Eagle Scout Award.
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“GCC Witness Through Fitness United” rides to end Multiple Sclerosis

This October, two organizations come together to help put an end to one devastating disease. As light breaks in East Gwinnett, a flock of cyclists takes off from Grayson Elementary School. Their wheels whirr as they quicken speed, heading into Walton County for their Saturday ride.
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Georgia's Archery Deer Hunting Season opens Saturday, Sept. 14

The time is almost here! Archery hunters will get to hit the woods beginning Saturday, Sept. 14 for their chance at bringing home some venison, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Division (WRD).
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Amanda Riley Foundation Shares Smiles with Warriors Battling Cancer

“We all know we should not be in a world with childhood cancer, but we are. So, what are we going to do about it?” said Lauren Harrison, a teacher at Brookwood High School and a beneficiary of the Amanda Riley Foundation, a 501(c)3 that supports families battling cancer.
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Gwinnett and State Officials break ground on Georgia State Patrol Post in Gwinnett County

The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners and officials from the Georgia Department of Public Safety and Georgia Department of Transportation broke ground Tuesday on the Georgia State Patrol Post in Gwinnett County.
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Georgia POW Camps in World War II — a book about Georgia’s little-known history in the Second World War

In their new book, Georgia POW Camps in World War II, co-authors JW Wetzel, and Dr. Kathryn Roe Coker share the little-known history of WWII prisoners of war who were held at a prisoner of war camps across the state of Georgia. Weaving research with first-person narratives, they tell a timeless tale, showing how soldiers regarded as mortal ‘enemies’ became an integral part of the Homefront and saved Georgia’s harvest in 1944 when most of the able-bodied farmworkers were fighting overseas.
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Gwinnett Technical College’s Commercial Construction Management Program Earns Five Year Accreditation

Gwinnett Technical College’s Commercial Construction Management program has been approved by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE) for a five-year accreditation. This accreditation assures students receive a quality education in construction management which is current with emerging technologies and requirements in the construction industry.
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Local PGA JR. League All-Star Team to compete in Regional at PGA National in Palm Beach, Florida, Sept. 7-8

Winner of Regional advances to PGA Jr. League Championship presented by National Car Rental Oct. 11-14 A team of junior golfers, ages 13 and under from the Duluth area, will be competing in the PGA Jr. League Regional presented by National Car Rental at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, Sept. 7-8. The winner will advance to the 2019 PGA Jr. League Championship presented by National Car Rental, Oct. 11-14, at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona.
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Learn to hunt at a "Hunt and Learn"

Deer, squirrel, turkey, quail, dove, or duck – all hunt-able species in Georgia. But, do you know how to hunt them? Georgia Hunt and Learn programs provide an educational experience targeted to those with little to no hunting experience, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Division.
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A piece of the past rests in Peachtree Corners

In a county as robust as Gwinnett, history is often forgotten, lost to progress and to development that celebrates "new" above all else. Nostalgia becomes a luxury enjoyed only by those with the privilege of holding the memories. That's why, when a piece of history finds a home here, it deserves a place of honor. In August, artist Kathy Fincher gifted the city of Peachtree Corners with just such a piece of the past.
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Lawrenceville to begin construction of Linear Park to college

Phase Two of the College Corridor to connect Downtown with Georgia Gwinnett College Campus
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Are their lives worth your time?

What is the worth of a grumpy old man that he would deserve to be heard for the thousandth time about his buddy he’d lost in Vietnam? What is the qualification that that lady with the silver hair must have before I sit down and help her find the right puzzle piece?
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Timothy Jones walks by faith and not by sight onto Georgia State Campus

This fall, Timothy Jones begins his first semester at Georgia State University pursuing a Master’s in Piano Pedagogy. Blind since birth, Timothy is something of a keys prodigy, and it’s his dream to help others who are visually impaired find a place in society through music.
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The Wrath of Wrong— Creative Enterprises puts on first play at Lawrenceville Center

In dedication to former cast member Nick Cain, who left earth, “too soon”, as his friends at Creative Enterprises say. Cast to play the part of “Scotty”, Nick had already memorized his lines when he passed, and he will be forever remembered for his dramatic skill and encouraging presence.
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Hunter Education course options for dove hunters

Before dove season arrives, do you need to complete your hunter education course? If so, hunters have two options – they can take the course completely online or take part in a classroom course, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Division.
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Dove season opens Saturday, September 7

The anticipation is building, where will you be on opening day? Georgia's dove hunting season opens Sat. Sept. 7, 2019, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Division (WRD).
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Military Order of the Purple Heart is on the offense in Gwinnett

Cities across Gwinnett and the greater Atlanta area are proclaiming themselves “Purple Heart Cities” to show solidarity for those wounded while serving in the US Armed Forces. Among those in the city of Snellville, where Mayor Barbara Bender issued a proclamation to designate the city and its roadways.
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Gwinnett Medical Center Hosts Joint Pain Discussion

On August 22, Gwinnett Medical Center hosted a breakfast discussion about overcoming joint pain led by board-certified orthopedic surgeons Dr. Mary Jo Albert, Dr. Rashmi Kulkarni, and Dr. Robert Wood.
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The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Georgia Chapter Wins National Campaign Awards

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Georgia Chapter (LLS) received several national awards at the Annual LLS Enterprise Conference in July. Representatives from the Georgia Chapter traveled to Orlando, Florida for the Conference to accept the honors.
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Todd Olsen Returns to Lilburn Daze

In the early '90s a Christian pop-rock band was formed known as The Waiting, founded by local brothers Brad and Todd Olsen. Todd, who grew up in and lives in Lilburn, made arrangements for one of the band's first gigs to be at Lilburn Daze, the annual Arts and Crafts Festival held in Lilburn City Park.
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Snellville creates public-private partnership with CASTO and MidCity to develop ‘The Grove at Towne Center’

Mayor Barbara Bender is proud to announce an agreement has been reached with a development team to build the first phase of the city’s highly anticipated The Grove at Towne Center.
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Nonprofit Organization, Helping Mamas, hosts Bachelor(tete) cast members for the Ultimate Bachelor Viewing Party

Nonprofit Organization, Helping Mamas, brought back the famed, cast-member attended Ultimate Bachelor Viewing Party, Monday, August 19, 2019, for the third year in a row filled with Bachelors and bubbles. The viewing party was center around a fiery episode of Bachelor in Paradise, with cast members mingling and answering a fan-fueled Q&A.
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Eastside Medical Center to host "Crush the Crisis" Opioid Take Back Day on Saturday, September 7

On Saturday, September 7, Eastside Medical Center will host “Crush the Crisis,” an opioid take back event. Law enforcement officers from the Snellville Police Department will be on-site to assist with the collection and disposal of unused medications from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
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Living

You are Your Children’s Most Important Teacher!

When your children’s birthdays and other special occasions occur, it is often difficult to decide what to give them as presents which represent your love and affection and which have long term benefits. What gift can you give your children like this? One answer is to be their primary teacher because education begins with you!
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Intimacy with God

“As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?” Psalm 42:1-2
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Rotary Club of Lawrenceville Celebrates Learning

While summer is certainly not over, school is back in session and the entire community begins a new, ten-month period of accommodating various school requirements and supporting educational initiatives. In Gwinnett County, traffic increases tremendously and the ease of commuting to work during the summer becomes a wistful memory.
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For High School Freshmen - Launch to 9th Grade

G Gratitude and Grades – Decide upon your course selection, be thankful for each new day and work hard to earn high grades.
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Corrections’ welding program offers a second chance at life for inmates

When Gage Bryant was 13 years old, he fell in with some older kids who were in and out of trouble. One night, the group was involved in a robbery in which an elderly couple was killed. Gage didn’t commit the murder but he was arrested, charged and convicted as an accessory. He received a 35-year sentence, but it might as well have been a life sentence. His future looked bleak.
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What is Respite Care?

In most family caregiver situations there is a single person who does the majority, if not all, of the caregiving. Even if there are multiple adult children involved there is almost always a “point person” who is in charge. Often, there is only one person involved.
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You’ve got to love those TELEMARKETERS

10:05 PM. Exhausted after a hard day, had just dozed off. Telephone jangles. Sleepily, “Hello, it’s your dime, talk.” Syrupy voice, “Is this William York?”
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Early Warning Signs of Dementia

The most common reason people call my office seeking in-home care is that the caller is responsible for a loved one suffering from dementia and that loved one can’t be left alone. One of the most important things we can ask when dealing with loved ones as they age is “what are the early warning signs of dementia?”
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Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

In life, we all feel like we have been cheated at times. We do not always get what we think we deserve. When this happens, we can suffer from resentment.
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What happened to customer service?

While training employees at Sears Roebuck I recall the instruction manual. When there’s a complaint employees are told to apologize first, determine the problem and satisfy the customer’s complaint.
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Educational Concepts | Who’s in Charge at Your House?

As a parent, are you sometimes afraid you will make your children angry with you if you discipline them and/or require responsible, respectful behaviors? Are you worried you may cause them emotional harm if you hold them to your expectations and require certain behaviors? Do any of your children refuse to do homework, study for tests, attend after-school tutorial sessions, and/or earn grades lower than his or her abilities? Have your children taken charge of your home?
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Live Healthy Gwinnett Encourages Healthy Habits

Free yoga in Gwinnett County parks, an initiative of Parks and Recreation’s award-winning Live Healthy Gwinnett program, is expanding this fall due to its popularity.
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Regrets

“Did you brush your teeth, Billy Gene? I was maybe 6 years old. “Yes, Grandma.”
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How do I downsize?

This is a question with which most of us must deal at some point. In our society, we tend to buy larger houses as our family grows and fill those houses with “stuff.” In some cases, lots and lots of stuff.
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Who Killed Jesus?

Recently, churches all over the world observed Good Friday and Easter Sunday as we celebrated the life, death, and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. According to the Scriptures, Jesus died on the cross for our sins, was buried, and was raised to life on the third day.
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What is Credit Recovery?

A new buzz phrase in education today is “credit recovery”. And, no, it has nothing to do with finances and the recovery of money!
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Rotary Fellowships

Rotary Club of Lawrenceville is ending another productive year in June as a “Bronze” club. While this is not as prestigious as earning “Gold” club status, it still requires the efforts of many people to make it happen.
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County Offering Meals for Kids in Summer, New After School Program in Fall

Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation has offered summer camps for more than 25 years and they keep getting better. Last summer, 7,581 campers attended 350 camps.
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"And Now, Summer!"

June heralds the beginning of Summer! We are conditioned to think of the Summer as an opportunity to "kick back," slow down, vacation. We long to get away from the hectic pace of life.
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BrightStar receives award

Shelly Sun, Founder and CEO of BrightStar Franchising, recently traveled to Atlanta to present the Home Care Pulse Provider of Choice Award to Tim and Carolyn Golden, Lawrenceville and Athens, Georgia franchisees.
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I saw a fox

It was a flame-colored young fox that caught my attention. I have only seen a few while hunting in Georgia. It was running in a ditch alongside the road.
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Developing Effective Study Strategies this Summer!

Woohoo! School is out for the summer so students can now take a break, sleep late, splash around the pool, and go to the movies! Learning can stop now! Right? Wrong!
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Prayer, Our Necessity for Living

Luke 18:1-8: Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart, saying, “In a certain city there was a judge who did not fear God and did not respect man. There was a widow in that city, and she kept coming to him, saying, ‘ Give me legal protection from my opponent.'
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Keep on Walking: Pedestrian Safety is Paramount

Last month I focused on safe driving with tips for when you’re behind the wheel. Now with warmer weather and more hours of daylight, more people are out walking and kids are playing in parks until well into the evening, so I want to urge caution for pedestrians and drivers alike.
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Are You “Good Enough” to Serve God?

The Summer before my junior year of college I made a commitment to God, “Anywhere, Anything, Anytime. God, I will go anywhere you want me to go. I will do anything you want me to do. And I will do it anytime you want me to do it.”
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April Means Maternal and Child Health Month for Rotary

In much of the world, malnutrition is a concern for children due to extreme poverty. Rotarians address these concerns all over the world but let’s not forget the children in our community who are also facing food challenges.
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Spring is Here, Please Drive Safely

When I found out April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, I reached out to Sgt. Daniel Arrendale of the Gwinnett Police accident investigation unit to share safe driving tips. He said that Gwinnett Police responded to about 30,000 traffic collisions last year and about a third of those involved injuries. Sadly, 57 people died in traffic accidents last year in Gwinnett, including 19 pedestrians.
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Is Your PreSchool/PreKindergarten Child Ready to Learn?

Pre-school and/or Kindergarten Readiness Assessments can provide helpful information for you to consider in making decisions about your young child’s school placement.
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The Necessity of Prayer for the Child of God

If there is any time in our lives that prayer proves to be a necessary part of our daily life, it is today! Prayer is one of the four main vehicles that help us exercise our faith in Christ Jesus.
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Is God Punishing Us or Protecting Us?

I think many Christians and people, in general, have two different views of God when it comes to the Old Testament and the New Testament. People tend to view the “God of the Old Testament” as an angry God who brings his punishment and wrath down on anyone who does not follow his laws. And they view the “God of the New Testament” as a gracious, loving and merciful God.
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Gwinnett Technical College’s Commercial Construction Management program has been approved by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE) for a five-year accreditation. This accreditation assures students receive a quality education in construction management which is current with emerging technologies and requirements in the construction industry.

Oats Band Members, L to R: Todd Olsen, Brian Nicolatos, Rob Vincent

In the early '90s a Christian pop-rock band was formed known as The Waiting, founded by local brothers Brad and Todd Olsen. Todd, who grew up in and lives in Lilburn, made arrangements for one of the band's first gigs to be at Lilburn Daze, the annual Arts and Crafts Festival held in Lilburn City Park.

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