Remote Addiction Resources During Coronavirus

Georgians are sheltering at home in response to the coronavirus pandemic, and this new reality has many people using technology like never before to stay connected to their families, friends, and broader support networks.
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Gwinnett County is on the Road to Recovery

Many of us need courage right now to face the unseen and unknown storms, changes and challenges caused by COVID-19. Many of us are also facing other types of challenges that require a courageous response.
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Lettum’ Eat feeds thousands in need

Renowned Chef Hank Reid, follows his passion in providing meals to those who are hungry in the Gwinnett County community.
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Remote Addiction Resources During Coronavirus

Georgians are sheltering at home in response to the coronavirus pandemic, and this new reality has many people using technology like never before to stay connected to their families, friends, and broader support networks.
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Gwinnett County is on the Road to Recovery

Many of us need courage right now to face the unseen and unknown storms, changes and challenges caused by COVID-19. Many of us are also facing other types of challenges that require a courageous response.
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Lettum’ Eat feeds thousands in need

Renowned Chef Hank Reid, follows his passion in providing meals to those who are hungry in the Gwinnett County community.
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GCPS librarian named best in the nation

School Library Journal (SLJ) and Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, have named Meadowcreek High School’s Cicely Lewis as the nation’s 2020 School Librarian of the Year.
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DNR: What to do when you see a snake?

As spring hits full stride, Daniel Sollenberger, a senior wildlife biologist with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, will field more calls and emails about snakes. And most will involve two questions: What species is this and what should I do?
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96 year old woman sews face masks for coronavirus protection

As challenging as the novel coronavirus has made life in many ways, current circumstances have also given “ordinary” people the opportunity to show love and kindness to their fellow human beings.
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Lawrenceville restaurateur responds to health crisis by helping others

Curbside menu pickup, grocery orders, and serving others... Bruce Kennedy is a busy man, and many Gwinnettians know him, though they may not be aware of all that they do today. Kennedy is one of the partners who owns Universal Joint in Lawrenceville. This popular eatery on the Lawrenceville square has been hit hard by the coronavirus health crisis, as have so many other restaurants.
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Gwinnett Public Library introduces new digital offerings and resources

While physical branches are closed, GCPL has found new ways to provide resources and services that enrich and inspire our community.
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Snellville woman views life through a soft lens

For those who know Marlene Buchanan of Snellville, "soft" might not be the first word that comes to mind when asked about her. "Funny?" Yes. "Honest?" Definitely.
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Georgia ranks 4th in Biggest Increase in Unemployment Claims Due to Coronavirus

With the U.S. experiencing an extremely large number of unemployment claims, WalletHub released a study today with updated rankings for the States with the Biggest Increases in Unemployment Due to the Coronavirus.
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Georgia Secretary of State Announces Postponement of Primary Election Until June 9

Today, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced that pursuant to the authority vested in him by O.C.G.A. § 21-2-50.1, he is postponing the Statewide General Primary/Presidential Preference Primary Election until June 9, 2020.
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Gov. Kemp Issues Order Deputizing Sheriffs to enforce Shelter in Place Order

Today Governor Brian P. Kemp issued Executive Order 04.03.20.01 to deputize sheriffs for enforcement of Executive Order 04.02.20.01 involving businesses, establishments, for-profit and non-profit corporations, and organizations.
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Lawrenceville announces $2M Stabilization Plan to Assist Utility Customers

The City of Lawrenceville announces a $2M Lawrenceville Utility Customer Stabilization Plan, which includes several ways the City is offering assistance to utility customers currently having difficulty making utility payments during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Georgia Election Q & A for upcoming election

As coronavirus has upended our daily lives, pushed many into quarantine, and caused chaos in the economy, elections in Georgia have changed - temporarily - to meet the unique moment all Americans are facing.
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Georgia National Guard to be Deployed to Fight COVID-19 in Long-Term Care Facilities

Over the next few weeks, Governor Brian P. Kemp and Georgia National Guard Adjutant General Tom Carden will activate and deploy over 100 Guardsmen to any long-term care facility - assisted living facility or nursing home - with COVID-19 cases.
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Gwinnett County Issues Boil Water Advisory for Norris Lake Area

UPDATED: Gwinnett County rescinded the Boil Water Advisory for Norris Lake Area
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Gwinnett County Solicitor General’s office will prosecute Stay-At-Home Order violations

The Gwinnett County Solicitor General’s Office will prosecute all individuals who violate the Stay-At-Home Order issued by Gwinnett County Chairwoman Charlotte Nash and all 16 cities within Gwinnett County on March 27, 2020.
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Gwinnett Cooperative Ministries providing food for families in need during spring break

Knowing that Gwinnett County Public Schools is pausing their food delivery program to students during Spring Break, Gwinnett’s Cooperative Food Ministries (Co-Ops), in collaboration with GwinnettCares.org partners, are providing extra support to families with children this week.
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Gwinnett Community Foundation launches GwinnettCares.org to connect people to resources during pandemic

Gwinnett County has always been a unique community that pulls together like no other in times of crisis. Now, as we all stand together to face the COVID-19 pandemic, community partners from all sectors are rallying to put the necessary resources in place to help each other. Hence, GwinnettCares.org has launched.
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Women Create Generational Change at Lightway Recovery

During Women’s History Month, we honor the legacy of women who have made the world a better place. And yet we sometimes overlook the fact that all women have a hand in shaping the future.
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Kemp Closes K-12 Public Schools Through April 24

Today Governor Brian P. Kemp issued Executive Order 03.26.20.02 closing public elementary and secondary schools for in-person instruction through April 24, 2020. Students may return to school on Monday, April 27, 2020.
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Eastside Urgent Care launches TeleHealth Program to extend healthcare services to community during COVID-19 Pandemic

Eastside Urgent Care announces new telehealth program that allows patients to access licensed health care providers via virtual visits in an effort to maintain community social distancing recommendations.
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Order allows Solid Waste Haulers to temporarily modify pickups in response to COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

Gwinnett County Government is committed to ensuring that essential solid waste services are provided safely and reliably to residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. To that end, the County is allowing residential solid waste haulers to temporarily modify their operations in order to protect the safety of their employees and customers.
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County orders certain businesses to close temporarily

Eating establishments must close dining areas, may offer takeout and drive-thru service
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County closes park areas to enforce social distancing, modifies hours

Ball fields, courts, playgrounds, skate parks and pavilions closed immediately, trails remain open Gwinnett County released in a statement effectively immediately, Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation park hours are sunrise to sunset and certain areas within parks will be closed in the interest of public health.
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Carr Warns Georgians about Misinformation Campaigns Designed to Steal, Deceive and Disrupt

Ga. Attorney General Chris Carr is encouraging Georgians to remain vigilant and only rely on trusted sources when it comes to information concerning COVID-19.
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Georgia Receives SBA Statewide Disaster Declaration, Applications for Small Business Emergency Loans Now Open

Today Governor Brian P. Kemp announced that Georgia has received an official statewide disaster declaration from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). This declaration will provide assistance in the form of SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans to impacted small businesses in all 159 counties in Georgia.
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YMCA of Metro Atlanta to provide child care for medical workers

Today Governor Brian P. Kemp joined Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) Commissioner Amy M. Jacobs and the YMCA of Metro Atlanta to announce a partnership dedicating several area facilities as child care centers for medical workers fighting the novel coronavirus and COVID-19.
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Gwinnett Chairman declares local State of Emergency to mitigate impact of coronavirus pandemic

Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash has signed a declaration of local emergency to mitigate or alleviate some of the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Gwinnett County.
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Lois Simmons Ford Celebrates Twenty-Three Birthdays

Lois Simmons Ford was born 1928, and this past February, she celebrated twenty-three birthdays.
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Living

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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2020 Census: Making Sure Gwinnett Counts

On April 1, each one of us will be called on to perform one of the most important acts we can do as residents of Gwinnett County, the state of Georgia, and the United States: participate in the 2020 Census. Along with voting, answering the census questionnaire every 10 years is one of the biggest factors in shaping government and its influence on your life.
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Rotary and World Understanding Month

In the Rotary world, February is known as World Understanding Month because the focus is on goodwill, peace and understanding among people of the world. In an age where people cannot seem to agree on the most trivial things, the fact that millions of Rotarians are actively seeking to be understanding of others is refreshing.
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If Jesus was hitchhiking, would you pick him up?

Then Jesus said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.” Luke 9:23-24
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What is Your EQ?

As a student, have you ever wonder what your IQ score is or wished it were higher? Well, no matter the level of your Intelligence Quotient or IQ, when it comes to happiness and success in life, EQ or Emotional Intelligence is just as, if not more important, than IQ. Emotional intelligence helps you build stronger relationships, succeed at school, and achieve your career and personal goals.
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Rotary New Year 2020

I spent the last year writing articles explaining the Rotary philosophy and what Rotary emphasizes each month of the year. I have shared volunteer activities, with numerous pictures of Rotarians engaged in making a difference in the community. I have asked for volunteers and asked for people who are like-minded to step up and join our efforts to “do good in the world”.
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Two eyes for an eye

The year was 1960. A large shopping center had just opened. There were no upper-levels for parking. My destination was a restaurant. I pulled into the parking lot. It was full. I drove down a few aisles and saw a couple entering their car. I whipped around two aisles. I was too late. Another car was in front of me.
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Concentration: An Important Component of Study

Concentration is the ability for someone to control attention. It is critical for optimum learning to take place! There are many causes of poor concentration; such as distracting noises, boredom, daydreaming, hunger, worry, dislike of a subject, television, computer, technology, social media, feeling overwhelmed with an assignment, lack of commitment, constant interruptions, lack of sleep, fatigue, and poor diet.
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2020 County Budget: Setting Priorities for a Great Year Ahead

One of my biggest responsibilities as chairman of the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners is to work with County staff to develop the annual Gwinnett County budget.
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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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Remote recovery connections are available for support.

Georgians are sheltering at home in response to the coronavirus pandemic, and this new reality has many people using technology like never before to stay connected to their families, friends, and broader support networks.

Meadowcreek High School’s Cecily Lewis named the nation’s 2020 School Librarian of the Year.

School Library Journal (SLJ) and Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, have named Meadowcreek High School’s Cicely Lewis as the nation’s 2020 School Librarian of the Year.

Adult black racer snake. Photo by John Jensen Georgia DNR

As spring hits full stride, Daniel Sollenberger, a senior wildlife biologist with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, will field more calls and emails about snakes. And most will involve two questions: What species is this and what should I do?

Author Marlene Ratledge Buchanan

For those who know Marlene Buchanan of Snellville, "soft" might not be the first word that comes to mind when asked about her. "Funny?" Yes. "Honest?" Definitely.

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