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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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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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No Convenience Fees for Gwinnett County Online Property Tax Payments

A CARES Act grant will cover the fees to encourage skipping the trip to help stop the spread of COVID.
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Local News

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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Apply Now For Youth Quail Quota Hunts

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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Firearms Deer Hunting Season Opens October 17

Venison burgers, venison chili, venison jerky…If you have been looking for a way to “beef” up that freezer stockpile, go for the venison instead! The Georgia deer firearms season opens Sat., Oct. 17 and continues through Jan. 10, 2021 statewide.
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Social Security Announces 1.3 Percent Benefit Increase for 2021

Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for approximately 70 million Americans will increase 1.3 percent in 2021, the Social Security Administration announced today.
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No Convenience Fees for Gwinnett County Online Property Tax Payments

A CARES Act grant will cover the fees to encourage skipping the trip to help stop the spread of COVID.
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Georgia Independent Author of The Year Award (GIAYA) 2020

Congratulations to the finalists and winners of the second annual GIAYA, which was held on September 26, 2020 in Monroe, Georgia. The GIAYA recognizes Georgia authors who are independently or non-traditionally published.
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The Salvation Army Women’s Ministry Fall & Christmas Bazaar is Oct 23-24th

Friday and Saturday, October 23-24, the Salvation Army Women's Ministry will be hosting it's annual Fall & Christmas Bazaar featuring many handcrafted items,Fall and Christmas decorations, wreaths, flower arrangements, stocking stuffers, books, CDs, cards (all occasion and Christmas), jewelry, and many more gift items!!
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ACTT: Simple Firearms Safety Rules

With only a small percentage of participants ever involved in an incident, hunting repeatedly shows itself as a safe sport. Even with this minor chance for issues, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) still encourages hunters to review the ‘Four Primary Rules of Firearms Safety’ before heading to the woods.
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GCPS educator named to list of “Most Influential Latinos”

Nury Crawford, the director of Gwinnett County Public Schools’ Community-Based Mentoring Program for Hispanic students, has been named one of the 50 Most Influential Latinos in Georgia by the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GHCC), for the second year in a row.
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Pléin Air artists are flocking and painting in Duluth

50+ artists from all across Georgia and beyond are flocking to Duluth, Ga to participate in a Pléin Air painting event for three days in October.
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70th Wedding Anniversary - Winfred and Patricia Dutton

The family of Winfred and Patricia Dutton are honored to congratulate them on their 70th wedding anniversary.
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Gwinnett County Solicitor General Urges Compliance With Retailer’s Face Mask Policies

Gwinnett County Solicitor-General Brian Whiteside and Georgia Retail Association Executive Director Thomas Beusse released a joint public service announcement respectfully urging the public to comply with face mask policies in retail establishments.
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2020 Property tax bills will be mailed by October 1 with changes

We have seen a lot of change this year, and Gwinnett's property taxes are no exception.
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GCPS holds two more virtual job fairs for substitutes in September

Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) is holding a series of virtual job fairs for prospective substitute teachers, with open computer lab hours for applicant support on designated Fridays.
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Central Gwinnett High School history teacher honored by Georgia Department of Education

A Gwinnett County Public Schools educator earned recognition as the state’s 2020 History Teacher of the Year.
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Gwinnett SAT results continue to top state, national averages

Gwinnett County Public Schools released SAT scores for the Class of 2020 showing that Gwinnett test-takers continue the trend of outperforming their peers in Georgia and the nation.
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Peachtree Corners’ Curiosity Lab Celebrates 1-Year Anniversary

Lab enables corporate innovation teams and startups to test AV Technology
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Public input is requested for the proposed new interchange on I85 at McGinnis Ferry Rd

Gwinnett County and the Georgia Department of Transportation are collecting input on a proposed full-diamond interchange on I-85 at McGinnis Ferry Road.
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Norcross announces completion of the Hunter-Walker Trail

The highly anticipated Hunter-Walker Trail connects Residents and Highlights Public Art
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GA Dept of Driver Services Adds Even Exchange Program to CDL Military Waiver Services

GA Dept. of Driver Services (DDS) launched an additional military commercial vehicle waiver service, the Even Exchange Program, endorsed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
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Gwinnett Animal Welfare & Enforcement earns recognition for outstanding work

Gwinnett Animal Welfare and Enforcement last month received a Lifesaving Award for Collective Impact from Best Friends Animal Society, a national no-kill animal welfare organization.
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Gwinnett County Public Library launches new early education initiative

Gwinnett County Public Library has launched a new early education initiative starting September 14th called Kindergarten, Here We Come!
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Recent News

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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New physicians join Northside Hospital - Drs. Zaman, Kelli, Levengood, Guynn, Hill

Northside Hospital welcomes new physicians.
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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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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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What? 32 Years!!

To quote Bob Seger, “Twenty years, where’d they go?” Except for me, it’s “32 years, where’d they go?” Oh my, where did the time go... and it went so fast.
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Estate Planning 2020 | Should a Trust be Part of Your Planning?

When it comes to estate planning, the most familiar document is the last will and testament. Most people have a basic understanding that a will allows you to appoint a personal representative (an executor) upon your death and directs that person to distribute your assets as you specify.
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Your Green 2020 - Delayed Gratification and Wealth

Have you heard of the Stanford Marshmallow Experiment conducted in 1972 by a Stanford University psychologist?
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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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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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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.

Caleb Bonds First Deer Youth Week 2019

Venison burgers, venison chili, venison jerky…If you have been looking for a way to “beef” up that freezer stockpile, go for the venison instead! The Georgia deer firearms season opens Sat., Oct. 17 and continues through Jan. 10, 2021 statewide.

The Salvation Army Women’s Ministry Fall & Christmas Bazaar is this weekend in Gwinnett!

Friday and Saturday, October 23-24, the Salvation Army Women's Ministry will be hosting it's annual Fall & Christmas Bazaar featuring many handcrafted items,Fall and Christmas decorations, wreaths, flower arrangements, stocking stuffers, books, CDs, cards (all occasion and Christmas), jewelry, and many more gift items!!

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