Norcross Native Returns Home with U.S. Navy Band          

WASHINGTON – Chief Musician Cynthia Wolverton is coming home to Atlanta, Georgia, on tour with the United States Navy Band. The band will make an appearance at Morehouse College, just a short distance away from Wolverton's hometown of Norcross, Georgia.
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Gwinnett, Lawrenceville receive $10,000 grant for community garden

Gwinnett County and the City of Lawrenceville received a $10,000 grant from Food Well Alliance for a new community garden at Rhodes Jordan Park to provide vegetables and greens to nearby residents who may not have access to nourishing food.
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Legislative Bait and Switch - HB302

Last year they were touted as property rights bills. This year, they’re being promoted as affordable housing bills. In fact, they are neither.
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Local News

Norcross Native Returns Home with U.S. Navy Band          

WASHINGTON – Chief Musician Cynthia Wolverton is coming home to Atlanta, Georgia, on tour with the United States Navy Band. The band will make an appearance at Morehouse College, just a short distance away from Wolverton's hometown of Norcross, Georgia.
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Commissioners approve green makeover for multipurpose field at Shorty Howell Park

Shorty Howell Park is becoming a little greener following a vote by the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners on Feb. 18 to renovate and upgrade the park's multipurpose field.
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Gwinnett, Lawrenceville receive $10,000 grant for community garden

Gwinnett County and the City of Lawrenceville received a $10,000 grant from Food Well Alliance for a new community garden at Rhodes Jordan Park to provide vegetables and greens to nearby residents who may not have access to nourishing food.
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Together Fifty Plus Years

Bela and Delores Kenessey married three times - the first time in 1964 was by a Justice of the Peace in South Carolina because their church was not available. The second time was in June in their North Carolina church. The third ceremony for Delores and Bela was in the Lawrenceville First Baptist Church many years after the first two ceremonies. All three marriage ceremonies were special tho this couple who have been together for so many years.
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Gwinnett Science, Engineering + Innovation Fair To Be Held on February 21

Gwinnett County Public Schools-led event highlights career opportunities in fields of science and engineering
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Census Bureau Scams - Count Me OUT

Census Bureau Scams are hard to spot and easy to fall for. We all want to do our duty and participate, BUT with so many impersonators, how can you know who to trust?
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Zoë Wellness Center – Helping People Gain Hope

Four months ago, John Ross was diagnosed with congestive lung failure, restrictive breathing, and diabetes. His doctor had leveled his gaze at John and informed him that if he didn’t lose weight, he would die. When John stumbled out of his doctor’s office in a daze, just four months ago, he weighed 437 pounds.
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Renovated Archery Range Re-Opens in Walton County

Get ready archery enthusiasts! A recently renovated archery range at Walton Wildlife Management Area has officially re-opened to the public. This is one of almost 40 archery and shooting ranges currently available on public land in Georgia.
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Meet the Creator Behind The World of Blinky and Friends

Bryant T. Person’s research has taught him that children learn more the first 5 years of their life (and they learn quicker) than any other stage of their developmental years. Bryant is the creator of The World of Blinky and Friends.
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Snellville Native Trains U.S. Navy Warfighters

Former Petty Officer 2nd Class Stefan Hart, a native of Snellville, Georgia, joined the Navy to follow friends into the military.
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Duluth’s 2020 Event Calendar

Duluth’s 2020 event calendar is jam-packed with fun and exciting events for all to enjoy. The season has a little bit of something for everyone including food trucks, concerts, movies and more!
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Awtrey Named Chair of Hudgens Center

Awtrey, owner of Gwinnett Event Photography, has become chair of the Hudgens Center for Art and Learning in Duluth. Her two-year term began on Jan. 1, 2020.
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Parallel World— Experience Gwinnett through the eyes of a special needs adult or a senior citizen

Through the good, the bad and the in-between, Gwinnett native Tracy Ahearn has tried to follow a motto she learned from the Scouts of America —”Leave things better than you found them.”
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Why should you care about the ex-offender in your community?

Local coalition works to reduce recidivism rates and replace stigmas with compassion When it comes to tackling deep-rooted social issues, no single organization can do it alone. The Greater Gwinnett Reentry Alliance (GGRA) is a coalition of service providers in Gwinnett County that works to mobilize community resources — human, financial, and material — all with the purpose of reducing recidivism rates in the county and beyond.
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Gwinnett Dermatology Partners — new name, same practice

“With this growth outside of Gwinnett County and its immediately surrounding communities, our name is changing to Georgia Dermatology Partners.” Gwinnett Dermatology, PC is exceptionally proud of the continued growth in our practice. Last year, we celebrated our 40-year milestone providing dermatology services to the communities of Snellville, Braselton, and Loganville!
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Navigate Recovery Gwinnett Introduces Lightway Recovery for Women

Navigate Recovery Gwinnett, a recovery community organization working to change the way addiction is treated in Gwinnett County and Georgia, is extending its mission with a new long-term, residential recovery center for women.
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Green Financial Charity Golf Classic — A Legacy of Giving

Giving. Everyone likes to be on the receiving end of it, but it takes a special kind of person to continually be the giver in such a relationship. Green Financial Resources LLC (GFR) has hosted seventeen golf events, with 15 of them designated as tournaments to raise money for charity. These have been opportunities for their clients, friends, and community members to come out, have some fun and donate to local nonprofit organizations they have designated as the beneficiaries of each event.
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Lights of Gwinnett - Rubeye Neal

Anyone who knows Ms Rubye Neal knows there is to be no standing still when she’s around because she will immediately recruit you to help with whatever mission she is going after at the time! That was how I came to know her as someone who doesn’t let grass grow under her feet. She is always at work on some community project to educate others on the richness of our collective heritage.
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The LEAADS Centers shines light for local youth

The LEAADS Centers, formerly (Law Enforcement Agencies Assisting in the Development of Students) has been providing mentorship, career readiness services for youth in alternative schools and court systems throughout Georgia since 2004. In all that time, the program has expanded — LEAADS hosts one of the largest summer camps in the city limits — and its mission has morphed to meet the community’s growing needs.
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Bridge named after Maron Buice

Remembering a tragedy, honoring the man who worked for a solution “Whereas Mr. Maron Sydney Buice has long been recognized by the citizens of this state for the vital role he has played in leadership and his deep personal commitment to the welfare of the citizens of Georgia . . . his influence and determination can be felt today with the countless lives saved due to his hard-fought battle to ensure a bridge was constructed on Nelson Brogdon Boulevard/Highway 20 over the railroad tracks . . . “ (HB364)
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The Mansions Senior Living Named Best Place to work

It’s no secret why The Mansions Senior Living has been named the sixth-best place to work in the nation by the Great Place to Work & Fortune for Aging Services. As their online testimonials show, this family-owned business has built its reputation on strong relationships with clients and staff alike, and they bring a personal touch to the burgeoning senior care industry.
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Northside Hospital Duluth Helps Student Athletes Speak Up Against Concussions

From September 8 to 14, athletic trainers from the Concussion Institute at Northside Hospital Duluth helped more than 3,500 athletes from 18 schools take part in the National Team Up Speak Up Week.
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Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office holds Blood Drive in honor of Wounded Veteran

Blood drives are important — we all know this instinctually, but if we knew someone personally who was saved by these donations, perhaps, we would not hesitate to donate more frequently.
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Northside Hospital Duluth Concussion Institute offers remote telemedicine in rural Georgia

Specialists from Northside Hospital Duluth’s Concussion Institute will begin working in rural GA schools — virtually. The Institute recently signed a contract to be a telemedicine partner with Ware County Schools.
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Peachtree Corners unveils Curiosity Lab

City welcomes world to test technology in Gwinnett smart city On a sunny Wednesday morning in September, Peachtree Corners city leaders, partners and more than 400 invited guests attended the unveiling of the city's Curiosity Lab, an autonomous vehicle test track that welcomes the world to put its smart city technology through the paces. Onlookers were wowed by displays of the latest 5G and IoT technology, along the 1.5-mile testbed.
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Northside Hospital’s Concussion Care-A-Van provides free Baseline Tests and Preventative Education

It’s a car. It’s a bus. No, ladies and gentlemen, it’s Northside Hospital’s Concussion and Sports Medicine Care-A-Van!
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Gwinnett’s four-year graduation rate comes in at nearly 81%; rises to more than 84% when looking at five-year rate

On September 18, the Georgia Department of Education announced that Georgia’s graduation rate rose slightly to an all-time high in 2019, reaching 82%. Gwinnett County Public Schools experienced a slight decrease in its four-year graduation rate this year, moving from 81.7% to 80.9% and continued improvement in its five-year graduation rate as it reached 84.27%.
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#PLEASEJUSTSTART— Inspirational message from a man who lost 110 pounds

It took the death of both his parents for this Brookwood alumnus to start taking care of himself. Now he urges others to avoid that mistake.
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Snellville Police Department wins top honor at Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Awards Banquet

The city’s police department won the top prize at the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Awards Banquet in Macon Wednesday.
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Gwinnett Board of Voter Registration and Elections appoints Royston as Elections Supervisor

The Gwinnett County Board of Voter Registrations and Elections has appointed elections veteran Kristi Royston as elections supervisor for Gwinnett County.
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Living

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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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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Gwinnett County and the City of Lawrenceville received a $10,000 grant from Food Well Alliance for a new community garden at Rhodes Jordan Park to provide vegetables and greens to nearby residents who may not have access to nourishing food.

Bela and Delores Kenessey

Bela and Delores Kenessey married three times - the first time in 1964 was by a Justice of the Peace in South Carolina because their church was not available. The second time was in June in their North Carolina church. The third ceremony for Delores and Bela was in the Lawrenceville First Baptist Church many years after the first two ceremonies. All three marriage ceremonies were special tho this couple who have been together for so many years.

Four months ago, John Ross was diagnosed with congestive lung failure, restrictive breathing, and diabetes. His doctor had leveled his gaze at John and informed him that if he didn’t lose weight, he would die. When John stumbled out of his doctor’s office in a daze, just four months ago, he weighed 437 pounds.