Lilburn native fills out a postal directory form in the post office aboard USS Ralph Johnson

ARABIAN SEA (Nov. 12, 2020) Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Paul Vance, from Lilburn, Ga., fills out a postal directory form in the post office aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114).
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Gwinnett's 2021 Proposed Budget Focuses on Strategic Priorities

Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash presented her final proposed budget on Tuesday to guide County spending for the 2021 fiscal year.
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Georgia experiences 350% increase of Absentee Ballots Rejected for Signature Issues in 2020 election

The number of absentee ballot rejections for signature issues increased approximately 350% in the November 2020 election in Georgia from the 2018 election, about the same rate of increase as the total number of absentee ballots accepted.
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Local News

More Gwinnett students earned Georgia Seal for Biliteracy than students from any other district in the state

Nearly 400 Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) students earned the Georgia Seal of Biliteracy in 2020. The seal recognizes high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing in one or more languages in addition to English.
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Lilburn native fills out a postal directory form in the post office aboard USS Ralph Johnson

ARABIAN SEA (Nov. 12, 2020) Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Paul Vance, from Lilburn, Ga., fills out a postal directory form in the post office aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114).
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Gwinnett's 2021 Proposed Budget Focuses on Strategic Priorities

Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash presented her final proposed budget on Tuesday to guide County spending for the 2021 fiscal year.
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PGA of America Offers Short-Term Employment Opportunities in Support of 2021 Championship Events through PGA JobMatch

PGA JobMatch for the PGA Championship, KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and Ryder Cup is open for applications at PGAImpact.org through Dec.19th.
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Georgia DOT Suspending Lane Closures during the Thanksgiving Holiday

To ease Thanksgiving traffic congestion statewide, the Georgia Department of Transportation (Georgia DOT) announced today the suspension of construction-related lane closures on heavily traveled interstate highways and state routes from 6 a.m. Wed., Nov. 25 to 5 a.m. Monday, Nov. 30.
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DNR Announces Grants For Wildlife-Viewing Projects

Georgia is offering a helping hand to projects that help people experience the animals, plants and natural habitats emphasized in Georgia's State Wildlife Action Plan.
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Five Forks and Loganville Middle Schools MSGL Fall Season Co-Winners

Five Forks and Loganville Middle Schools were co-winners of the Middle School Golf League Fall Season. Members of the co-winning teams included Five Forks: Abe and Jack Allred, Logan Coffman, McKinlee Proctor and Charles Robinson; and from Loganville: Payton and Riley Green, Jackson McAleer, Allison Mays and John McElroy.
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The I-85 Widening From SR 53 to Just North of US 129 Breaks Ground

The I-85 widening project is the largest investment in roadway mobility improvements in the state's history. The Major Mobility Investment Program (MMIP) project will provide mobility improvements in Jackson County.
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Robert D. Fowler Family YMCA Breaks Ground on John Manning Playground

The YMCA of Metro Atlanta recently started construction of the John Manning Playground, a new state of the art playground for the Robert D. Fowler Family YMCA in Peachtree Corners, an initiative introduced in Fall 2019 that was halted due to the uncertainties of the coronavirus pandemic.
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Peachtree Corners to Install Safety Cameras with License Plate Technology

At its October meeting, the Peachtree Corners City Council unanimously approved a contract for 25 license plate reader (LPR) cameras to be installed at major ingress/egress points to capture vehicles entering and exiting the city.
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Gwinnett Offers Help To Prevent Eviction with CARES Act Funds

Gwinnett County will use funds from the CARES Act to make past due rent payments directly to landlords in order to prevent many imminent evictions and keep tenants stably housed.
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Eat Local Bingo in Duluth

To help support local businesses, the City of Duluth is introducing Eat Local Bingo and excited!
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Lilburn commemorates centennial of 1920 Fire

A devastating fire that raged in the early morning hours of Nov. 15, 1920, almost wiping out the downtown area of Lilburn, will be commemorated on the 100th Anniversary of when the community’s heroic volunteer “bucket brigade” saved the town.
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Mountain Park has a rich history

Mountain Park certainly has a rich history, dating back to Gwinnett County’s birth in 1818, and before that when the Creek and Cherokee Indians lived here. And the name Trickum played a major part. Some residents still refer to the FFT/Rockbridge intersection as Trickum, a name that’s been here since early days.
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Mountain Park Group active in historic area

A community steeped in history dating back 200 years, Mountain Park east of Stone Mountain and Atlanta continues to grow as one of the best places to live in Gwinnett County.
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Gwinnett to pace traffic on SR 316 while placing beams at Harbins Rd Interchange

The Gwinnett Department of Transportation project to build the Harbins Road interchange at State Route 316 will require lane closures and traffic pacing this month.
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BBB Scam Alert: COVID clinical study scams promise big bucks

Thought we had seen the end of COVD-19 scams? Think again!
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Board of Education approves three district leaders

In a special called meeting on Thursday, October 29, the Gwinnett County Board of Education appointed three district leaders to new positions.
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Delayed harvest trout streams ready for fall anglers

Are trout streams calling you to go fish Georgia? Beautiful weather and fantastic scenery await you in the northern part of the state, and beginning in November, trout fishing on Georgia’s delayed harvest trout streams will be in full swing, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.
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Blue Catfish caught in Steward County, Georgia sets new state record

Any day spent fishing is a good day. A day you catch a new state record is a great day! Tim Trone of Havana, FL is the new state record holder for the blue catfish.
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Snellville Native, Petty Officer 2nd Class Amberia Simpson, supports U.S. Navy shipyard surge as part of COVID-19 response

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii - A 2005 Shiloh High School graduate, 2009 Columbus State University graduate and 2017 Purdue University graduate with master degrees in public health education and native of Snellville, Georgia, is serving at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility as part of the largest mobilization of reservists in Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) history. The mobilization is tied directly to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Gwinnett County Public Library launches New Start Entrepreneurship Incubator to support citizens that have been in jail

Gwinnett County Public Library (GCPL) has launched and is now accepting applications for its New Start Entrepreneurship Incubator with the goal of providing options for employment and life success for community members who have previously served time in jail or prison. The initiative is funded by Google's Libraries Build Business Grant.
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Gwinnett County Public Library expanding hours of operation

Beginning Monday, October 26, 2020, Gwinnett County Public Library will expand hours of operation at all 15 of its locations.
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Georgia Secretary of State Reports Record Breaking Turnout

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced the latest turnout figures for the Nov. 3 General Election:
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Georgia experiences record breaking Early In-Person Voting

Georgia voters have turned out in record numbers to vote during the state's gold-standard three weeks of early in-person voting. As the November 3 general election approaches, Georgia continues to break records in absentee by mail voting and early, in-person voting.
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Gwinnett and a few local and vocal Moms, get the word out on COVID-19 in #ListenToGwinnettMoms Campaign

Gwinnett County launched #ListenToGwinnettMoms, a public health education campaign to inspire the local community to continue doing its part to slow the spread of COVID-19 by listening to the experts who have known best all along: their moms.
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Gov. Kemp Announces $1.5 Billion in CARES Act Funding to Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund

Governor Brian P. Kemp announced today that as much as $1.5 billion in Coronavirus Relief Funds from the CARES Act would be allocated to repay borrowing for the Georgia Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund to prevent increases in state and federal unemployment taxes.
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128 Favorite Baby Names Inspired by the Seasons in 2020

Fall 2020 has begun and more parents than ever are naming children after the seasons. While names like Summer are popular (78,000 since 1879), others like Sakura (1,000 since 1879) which is a Japanese Cherry Blossom, offer expecting parents more unique options.
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Twilla Walton named the 2020-2021 Lawrenceville Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year

Brookwood High School Senior Twilla Walton has been named the Lawrenceville Boys & Girls Club 2020-2021 Youth of the Year.
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Teacher of the Year 2020-21: Local educators honored as schools select Teachers of the Year

The first step in Gwinnett County Public Schools’ (GCPS) search for its 2020-21 Teacher of the Year (TOTY) is complete and 139 local school Teachers of the Year have been designated as tops in their schools.
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Recent News

Hey Ya’ll: Sugar Brained

I went to the doctor the other day and stepped on the scales. I was told not to remove my shoes.
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Eddie's Notes: Giving Thanks for You

At this time of year, we as Americans pause our busy lives to give thanks to our creator and enjoy some of the blessings we have been given. This year will be different.
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Many types of hollies thrive in the landscape

Our climates allow for many interesting and attractive plants to be part of our home landscapes. Perhaps no one is more durable or comes in as many shapes and sizes as the holly. More than 300 recognized varieties exist, with more being introduced each year.
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Are electric vehicles ‘clean’?

The widespread view that fossil fuels are "dirty" and renewables such as wind and solar energy and electric vehicles are "clean" has become a fixture of mainstream media and policy assumptions across the political spectrum in developed countries, perhaps with the exception of the Trump-led US administration.
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Your Green 2020: A Harvesting Plan for Retirement Assets

Retirement planning does not end at retirement. The need to continue to grow assets to produce more cash flow remains important for most.
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It’s Ta-Ta Time Again

I was trying to choose a topic for the October column. Should it concern the centennial anniversary of women’s rights, Halloween, or Covid-19, a nightmare in itself? Then it clicked. October. Pink. Ta-ta month!
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Gwinnett County Health Department Pushes Flu Vaccines in the Community

The Gwinnett County Health Department is pushing flu shot availability to the community by offering different avenues to get the vaccine. While the vaccines are available at all Gwinnett County Health Department locations, several community options are available.
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Polio in the Time of Covid19

October 24 is World Polio Day. Rotary International has reason to celebrate. The last cases of polio caused by the wild poliovirus has been eradicated from the African continent.
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Your Green 2020 | Credit Score: Why Does it Matter?

Many people don’t realize the importance of building and maintaining a good credit score to their overall financial well-being.
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Keeping termites under control in Georgia

In Georgia, homeowners need to be vigilant for termites since their damage can be expensive to repair, and their presence is often difficult to detect.
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The Trades

We live in a time and age where more and more things are becoming automated. There are however a few things that just can't be automated such as a doctor's touch, an electrician installing a new outlet, a plumber clearing a clogged drain, or a mechanic repairing a car. I have friends in all these trades and can say we are all struggling to get our young people interested in the trades.
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Eastside Heart and Vascular welcomes new cardiologist, Edward Clermont, MD

Eastside Medical Center is proud to welcome Dr. Edward Clermont to Eastside Heart and Vascular.
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New physicians join Northside Hospital - Drs. Zaman, Kelli, Levengood, Guynn, Hill

Northside Hospital welcomes new physicians.
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Hey Ya’ll: Breakfast with the Buchanan’s

As many of you can imagine, breakfast at our house is pretty much catch as catch can. Truthfully, that describes most any meal at our abode.
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Northside Hospital Paint Gwinnett Pink goes virtual Oct. 24

Registration is open for the 2020 Northside Hospital Paint Gwinnett Pink 5K Walk/Run for Breast Cancer. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's event will be socially distanced and virtual, concluding with a live-streamed award ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 24.
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Your Green: Senior Fraud – Prevention and Action

Scams to exploit money and information from consumers age 60+ are at an all-time high.
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Trusting Jesus with Jennifer Cook

This is such a strange time for our country. It is a strange time for each of us individually. Who thought we would be walking around the stores wearing a mask?
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Safety in Regular Auto Maintenance - the best offense is a good defense.

Vehicle maintenance is the same way. This year, especially, you never know when or what will happen next, and if your vehicle has not been maintained regularly it may not be ready to go when you really need it.
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Environmentally friendly insecticides for the home garden

Throughout the growing season, our garden plants are troubled by numerous insect pests and diseases. Though conventional pesticides are useful, using those considered 'organic' and of low toxicity can also be the right choice.
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Your Green 2020: Financial Words of Wisdom for Graduates!

Time is money—literally. For a recent graduate, time might also seem like an abundant resource, with many thinking they have plenty of time to save for their future – later. The traps of bad credit and debt snare many unsuspecting young adults and cling to their financial history for years. Here are some financial tips to help those starting out in their independent adult lives whether graduating from high school or college:
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Keeping Gwinnett Healthy: Our Response to COVID-19

The shutdown around the nation started in mid-March, which seems like forever ago. After two months of responding to rapidly changing events, the district commissioners and I are looking to the future and how we can help Gwinnett come out on the other side of this stronger than ever.
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God is in control

There are so many belief systems that are floating around right now. Some folks think the government is in some kind of conspiracy. Many think that this is far worse than they are telling us. While others believe that everyone is being far too dramatic and it’s not as bad as they are saying.
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Your Green: CARES Act – Financial Relief

Unprecedented in scale and scope, a $2 trillion stimulus bill was signed by President Trump on March 27, 2020. The bill, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) , provides stimulus for individual Americans, healthcare workers, small businesses, and certain industries hit hard by the pandemic. This is the third relief package to address the effects of the COVID-19 virus.
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Eddie’s Notes : Batteries- You’ll get a charge out of this!!

“Car Batteries” - Safety First! Most car and light truck batteries are made of lead & acid in a plastic housing. Working with batteries can be very dangerous, use goggles for your eyes and rubber gloves for your hands before attempting any battery service.
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Local trees troubled by pine beetles

Over the past year, the Extension office has received numerous phone calls from residents concerned about pine trees on their property that are turning brown. What could be troubling these trees?
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There’s No Such Thing as Being 
Too Southern

On November 7, 2019, Lewis Grizzard was inducted into the Atlanta Press Club Hall of Fame. Grizzard was one of the South’s storytelling treasures.
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The Physical

Today was my physical. I swear I can’t win. I have been trying to give up sugar and gluten again.
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Ain’t No Grave

In Luke’s gospel, he shares a story of Jesus, his disciples and a large crowd with him going to the Galilean town of Nain. When they enter to the town, there is a funeral procession taking place.
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What is Opacity?

Sheer fabrics allow the most light to enter a room, but they offer the least amount of privacy. On the other end of the spectrum, blackout fabrics block nearly all light from entering a room, and they provide the most privacy. Which is the right choice for you?
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Your Green: Coronavirus – Help with Financial Challenges

In addition to our worries about the impact of the Coronavirus on our health; the social distancing, isolation, and shut downs required to help contain the virus have impacted or will impact many individuals and businesses as well. Much is being done to try to counter these impacts to help keep our economy strong. We anticipate further relief is on the way, but here are some highlights of the things occurring in the U.S. right now.
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Five Forks and Loganville Middle Schools MSGL Fall Season Co-Winners

Five Forks and Loganville Middle Schools were co-winners of the Middle School Golf League Fall Season. Members of the co-winning teams included Five Forks: Abe and Jack Allred, Logan Coffman, McKinlee Proctor and Charles Robinson; and from Loganville: Payton and Riley Green, Jackson McAleer, Allison Mays and John McElroy.

Quail Hunt

Hunters can apply for four scheduled youth quail quota hunts that will take place on land managed for bobwhite quail, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD). These hunts are made possible by generous private landowners that participate in Georgia’s Bobwhite Quail Initiative.

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