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The Brent Lanier Soccer Memorial Scholarship

Fernando Soto, a South Gwinnett Senior and honor student, has been named the recipient of the 2019 Brent Lanier Soccer Memorial Scholarship. Fernando is the son of Maria and Roberto Soto. Fernando is an outstanding young man, student, and athlete.
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Ticket-to-Work program helps those with long-term disability reenter the workforce

Julie Chapman loved her job as a fourth-grade teacher. She’d been teaching elementary school for more than 20 years, but in late 2017, she realized her role was in jeopardy.
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Lanier Islands Sets Sights on Blowing Fourth of July 2019 Out of the Water

Lakeside Destination in Georgia to Host Three Nights of Fireworks, Live Music, Food Events, Poolside Fun & Games, and MORE over the Course of the Long Independence Day Weekend A year-round haven for boaters and fun-seekers alike, Georgia’s Lanier Islands gives Atlantans plenty of reasons to come ashore for this year’s long Fourth of July weekend.
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Neither rain nor... : Nesting eagles resilient, DNR survey shows

Bald eagle nesting stayed strong in Georgia this season despite a fall hurricane and heavy winter rains, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ annual survey.
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The Brent Lanier Soccer Memorial Scholarship

Fernando Soto, a South Gwinnett Senior and honor student, has been named the recipient of the 2019 Brent Lanier Soccer Memorial Scholarship. Fernando is the son of Maria and Roberto Soto. Fernando is an outstanding young man, student, and athlete.
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JCPenney Hiring 350 Seasonal Associates in Atlanta Area

Company Also Seeking Experienced Stylists to Join its Industry-Leading Salon Program The back-to-school season is quickly approaching, and JCPenney is getting ready to welcome crowds of excited customers shopping the latest styles and trends for the new school year. The Company plans to hire as many as 350 seasonal associates throughout the greater Atlanta area for a variety of store positions.
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Ticket-to-Work program helps those with long-term disability reenter the workforce

Julie Chapman loved her job as a fourth-grade teacher. She’d been teaching elementary school for more than 20 years, but in late 2017, she realized her role was in jeopardy.
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Lanier Islands Sets Sights on Blowing Fourth of July 2019 Out of the Water

Lakeside Destination in Georgia to Host Three Nights of Fireworks, Live Music, Food Events, Poolside Fun & Games, and MORE over the Course of the Long Independence Day Weekend A year-round haven for boaters and fun-seekers alike, Georgia’s Lanier Islands gives Atlantans plenty of reasons to come ashore for this year’s long Fourth of July weekend.
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Conyers Native Serves in Luzon Strait Aboard USS Chancellorsville

Lt. Peter Eubanks, from Conyers, Ga., gives directional orders to the helm aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62). Chancellorsville is forward-deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.
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BOE proposing slightly lower millage rate; Public hearings scheduled in preparation of millage rate adoption

At its May 16, 2019 meeting, the Gwinnett County Board of Education (BOE) adopted its Fiscal Year 2020 Budget and tentatively adopted a millage rate to support the budget. During the budget-setting process, the Board indicated that the adopted budget would not require an increase in the millage rate.
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Armed Robbery – 2100 Block of North Road Snellville, Ga. 30078

On June 20, 2019, shortly after midnight, officers from the Snellville Police Department responded to take the report of an armed robbery. The person reporting the robbery was Ms. Nhi Tuong Vuong (26-year-old from Lilburn).
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Gwinnett Alphas seek to raise $2,000 in school supplies for local students

The brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Rho Kappa Lambda Chapter, located in Gwinnett County, are seeking to raise $2,000 in school supplies for local students during its Alphas for Achievement Cookout, from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 20, 2019, at Rhodes Jordan Park in Lawrenceville, Ga.
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Kids Eat Free at Applebee's on The 4th of July!

Neighborhood Grill & Bar Celebrates Independence Day with Fun Freebie for Kids Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar® is inviting families throughout Georgia to join them in celebrating this Independence Day with a Kids Eat Free special.
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Lawrenceville church names new pastor

The congregation of one of Gwinnett County’s oldest churches has approved a new pastor.
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Gwinnett County Board of Education Approves One-Time Salary Adjustment for Full-Time, Benefited Employees

At its June 20 meeting, the Gwinnett County Board of Education unanimously approved a one-time salary adjustment to be paid to all full-time, benefited employees of Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) who received a payroll check in May 2019. The salary adjustment of $300 will be paid in a lump sum in the June 2019 monthly and second semi-monthly paychecks.
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10 Things to Do on a Rainy Day

Ever been bored on a rainy day in Gwinnett and wanted to make good use of your time? Here’s a list of 10 things under $10 that you could do! Some of our examples include: becoming viral, leveling up on Pokémon Go, and going to see movies for under $5 in a theater.
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CarMax to Open Customer Experience Center in Peachtree Corners

The center will bring over 300 new jobs to the city. CarMax, the United States’ largest retailer of used cars and Fortune 500 company, announced recently it is opening a new Customer Experience Center in Peachtree Corners creating over 300 new jobs. Over the next few months, CarMax will hire customer experience consultants, assistants and managers to work at the new center located at 5707 Peachtree Parkway.
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City Celebrates Completion of its Veterans Monument

Over 400 attended the Peachtree Corners dedication. On a brilliant Saturday morning with American Flags flying in the breeze, the community gathered on the city’s Town Center to celebrate the dedication of its new veterans’ monument. It was a culmination of a years-long dream that began in 2015.
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Help for landowners frustrated by flightless geese!

The Canada goose lives in a variety of habitats, often in locations that are in close proximity to people, such as suburban neighborhood ponds, office complexes, parks, and other developed areas. This can become a frustration factor for landowners when geese begin to molt in the summer, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Division (WRD).
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Gwinnett County Public Schools and the City of Lawrenceville partner to expand arts education opportunities for students

Following the City of Lawrenceville’s groundbreaking on its new Performing Arts Center and the expanded home of Gwinnett’s only professional theatre—the Aurora Theatre, the city, and Gwinnett County Public Schools have announced its partnership to expand arts education opportunities.
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Kroger "Rounding Up" Support for American Troops and their Families June 23 - July 6

Kroger joins forces with the USO to raise funds for American troops and their families Kroger is joining forces with the United Service Organization (USO) from June 23 through July 6 to "Round Up" support for American troops and their families by giving customers the opportunity to round up their store purchases to the nearest dollar.
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Seasons 52 Brings Fresh, Summer Menu and 52 Wines-by-the-Glass to Buford

Fresh grill and wine bar with seasonal menu debuts on June 27 Seasons 52, a fresh grill and wine bar offering a seasonal menu, will soon open in Buford at 3265 Buford Drive in the Mall of Georgia. Scheduled to open June 27, the restaurant is expected to bring 100 new careers to the area.
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Two Gwinnett students win $8,000 Georgia-Pacific scholarships

More than $12 Million Awarded Since Program Inception Allen Moore, a recent graduate of Brookwood High School in Snellville, and Tabitha D'Amato, a recent graduate of Dacula High School, have been selected to receive a Georgia-Pacific Foundation Employees' Children Scholarship. Both plan to study aerospace engineering at Georgia Tech.
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Artis-Hood now a Dr.

Sharie Artis-Hood was awarded the Doctor of Pharmacy degree May 22, 2019, from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine-Georgia (PCOM-GA) School of Medicine in Suwanee, Ga.
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Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office Employee Receives National Recognition for Excellence in Managing Sex Offender Registry

Casey Duffield recognized during sheriffs’ conference for overseeing county’s 600+ sex offenders Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) employee Casey Duffield received national recognition this week for excellence in overseeing the county’s more than 600 sex offenders. Duffield and the sheriff’s office were recognized during an awards ceremony at the Major County Sheriffs of America annual summer conference in Louisville, K.Y. on June 13.
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Customer-Owners Learn Co-op Seeks to Lessen Vogtle Impact

Board chair shares information on nuclear plant at annual meeting Customer-owners participating in Walton Electric Membership Corporation’s (EMC) Annual Meeting on June 15 learned that the cooperative’s board has been planning for Plant Vogtle’s impact for years.
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Dove hunters: Season changed for 2019-2020

Planning ahead for dove season? The 2019-2020 migratory bird season hunting dates and regulations, which includes doves, were recently approved by the Board of Natural Resources.
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Citizens Unite to stop Solid Waste Transfer Station on Ozora Road

The message local property owners are spreading reads loud and clear. They mean to "STOP the Waste Transfer Station on Ozora Road!"
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Performing Arts Center groundbreaking initiates new chapter for Lawrenceville’s downtown development

The City of Lawrenceville has been gearing up to stage its downtown area as a cultural, educational and entertainment attraction for the entire county.
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Career Women start adult tap lessons at North Georgia Dance Academy

If you could give advice to your younger self, what would you say?
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Cutting the Ribbon at Norcross Senior Center

Gwinnett County has been planning for what some refer to as a “Silver Tsunami” of seniors moving to the county to be closer to children and grandchildren creating a demographic which is expected to outnumber younger demographics.
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US Navy Veteran Bill York shares memories about WWII

To this day, he’s the kind of guy to strike conversations with strangers in the grocery store. A WWII US Navy Veteran, 93-year old Bill York can say ‘thank you’ in 42 languages, and he prides himself on communicating with almost everyone he meets in their native tongue.
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McKinley Community Care Center, a second home for senior citizens

With daily activities like sing-alongs, games, and meals, many participants have come to think of McKinley Community Care Center as a second home.
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Living

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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Rotary’s Push for Clean Water

I paid my Gwinnett County Water bill today for a grand total of $14.99. I take it for granted that I can drink clean and safe water directly from the tap for a small monthly fee.
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Walls

Expecting an invasion of Europe by Allied Forces a concrete wall was built by Adolf Hitler, beginning at the border of Spain, along with the French coast, the English Channel and then along the Danish coast continuing the length of the Norwegian west coast.
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Voters are now deciding the future of Gwinnett

There’s a special election under-way to decide how people in Gwinnett will get around and make connections in the future.
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Georgia Milestones Assessments

Did you know that Georgia Milestones are a comprehensive assessment program for students in 3rd through 12th grade which are administered in the public schools?
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Boy Scout motto, Be Prepared

After retiring from the fur business, I worked for Ace Hardware for seven years. Noticing dust on some shelves, I wondered why there was little turn-over of important merchandise.
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Get the facts about the March 19 transit referendum

Gwinnett County voters will go to the polls March 19 to consider expansion of our transit options through a contract with MARTA. If voters choose to approve the transit contract that Gwinnett County has negotiated with MARTA, the expansion will follow a plan developed by Gwinnett County with substantial public participation. It would also mean the establishment of a one-cent sales tax to pay for the transit improvements and expansion.
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A Call for Unity among Christians

God desires for His people, the church, to be unified. Now, it’s really hard for people to have unity because we have so many different beliefs, opinions, and preferences. It’s challenging for a family living under the same roof to be unified. It’s really difficult for a church family, a local body of believers, to be unified. And it’s extremely challenging for all the churches around our community, country, and the world to be unified.
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Revealing the Wizard in 2019

You remember the classic 1939 movie “The Wizard of Oz” of course. Dorothy was whisked away to a dream world in the sky to do battle with the Wicked Witch of the West. Her battle was to return to her world, but first, she must find the Great Oz. She thought he was the only one that could get her home to the real world. And indeed, most of the movie Doro-thy was not even aware she was not in a real world until she woke up!
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Rotarians promoting peace and conflict resolution

With daily headlines designed to provoke strong emotion rather than truth, it is not surprising that people with opposing views would be offended. We hear of the division between Republicans and Democrats, liberals and conservatives, citizens and illegal immigrants, whether or not to build a wall, provide national healthcare, or manage crime.
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To Students: Do You Feel Defeated by “Failure” at School?

It is rare for a student to earn a passing grade on every assignment and/or test taken in school. However, for some students, if and when a failing grade is earned, they feel like a complete failure in, not just their academics, but in everything and beat themselves up in their minds.
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Students, Who or What do you Honor?

Do you want to be successful in school and gain congratulations from your teachers? Do you desire to grow to become an independent and self-sufficient adult apart from your parents and make them proud? If you answered, “yes” to either of these questions, ask yourself one more question. What or who do you honor and/or value?
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Rotary Club of Lawrenceville and Vocational Service

As the Christmas season winds down, presents to families in need have been delivered and ringing the bell for the Salvation Army ends, it is time to look forward. Vocational Service becomes the focus for Rotarians in January and includes: - Adherence to and promotion of the highest ethical standards in all occupations, including fair treatment of employers, employees, associates, competitors, and the public. - The recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, not just those that are pursued by Rotarians. - Contributing vocational talents to solving the problems of society and meeting the needs of the community.
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Company Also Seeking Experienced Stylists to Join its Industry-Leading Salon Program

The back-to-school season is quickly approaching, and JCPenney is getting ready to welcome crowds of excited customers shopping the latest styles and trends for the new school year. The Company plans to hire as many as 350 seasonal associates throughout the greater Atlanta area for a variety of store positions.

Lt. Peter Eubanks, from Conyers, Ga., gives directional orders to the helm aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62). Chancellorsville is forward-deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.

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