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

A water main break has occurred in the Norris Lake area causing a potential health hazard to the area's drinking water system. In order to protect the public from this potential health hazard, all water customers in this area are advised to boil all water prior to use for drinking, cooking, washing dishes, making ice, brushing teeth, or preparing baby food.
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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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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

A water main break has occurred in the Norris Lake area causing a potential health hazard to the area's drinking water system. In order to protect the public from this potential health hazard, all water customers in this area are advised to boil all water prior to use for drinking, cooking, washing dishes, making ice, brushing teeth, or preparing baby food.
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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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Judicial Emergency Declared in Gwinnett, Affects Gwinnett Jury Service & Non-Essential Court Matters

No new jury duty, jury trials, civil or non-essential matters for the next 14 days in Gwinnett.
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Georgia Drivers Age 60+ Receive 120 Day Extension for Driver’s License

State Driver Services Provides Emergency Services for Thousands Customers Age 60+.
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GCPS to provide meals for students at 68 school sites plus bus stops

Gwinnett County Public Schools updated work schedules and decision to provide meals for students during March 16-20 Digital Learning Days
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Kemp, DPH: First Death from Coronavirus in Georgia

Governor Kemp and the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) confirm the first death from the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Georgia.
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County to shift traffic on Harbins Road bridge over SR 316 on Monday night

Drivers will get a new view of the progress made on the Harbins Road interchange at S.R. 316 when traffic shifts onto a new alignment on Monday, March 16.
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Eastside Medical Center is screening patients, visitors, and staff for coronavirus

Proactive screening procedures implemented at Eastside Medical Center's entrances to reduce the spread of respiratory illnesses like flu and coronovirus (COVID-19)
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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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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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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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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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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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Gwinnett County Issues Boil Water Advisory for Norris Lake Area

A water main break has occurred in the Norris Lake area causing a potential health hazard to the area's drinking water system. In order to protect the public from this potential health hazard, all water customers in this area are advised to boil all water prior to use for drinking, cooking, washing dishes, making ice, brushing teeth, or preparing baby food.

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.

Ball fields, courts, playgrounds, skate parks and pavilions closed immediately

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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