Lifeguards and other staff members at Gwinnett County’s aquatics facilities have spent weeks preparing special games, activities, and prizes to mark Swim Safely Week at all County-operated indoor and outdoor pools starting on the Fourth of July.

You may not have noticed, but the Gwinnett Animal Shelter has staged a dramatic turnaround over the past few years. A newfound spirit and enthusiasm for helping animals has spread quickly from the staff to the many volunteers and rescue groups who keep the place running on a daily basis.

Over the next 13 years, baby boomers will be reaching retirement age in record numbers, growing to more than 20 percent of America’s population by 2029.

When a serious emergency happens near you, you’ll be glad to know that Gwinnett County can now alert you on your cell phone.