GCPS REMINDER: Tuesday, Dec. 6 has been designated as a Digital Learning Day for Runoff Election

Gwinnett County Public Schools has 52 schools that will be used for voting on Dec. 6 for the Runoff Election between Sen. Raphael Warnock and Herschel Walker for one of Georgia’s U.S. Senate seats.
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BBB Tips: Shop safely on Cyber Monday

The Monday following Black Friday, known as Cyber Monday, has become one of the top shopping days of the year.
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Manners Still Matter: Holiday advice

As hard as it is to believe, Thanksgiving 2022 is here. The year is waning, and what a year it’s been.
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Local News

Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners takes action on providing transportation help for seniors and disabled, fire safety, more walkability

During their latest meetings, the Board of Commissioners gave the green light to several County initiatives.
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The deadly game-changer, fentanyl in Gwinnett

Fentanyl, a common agent found in illicit drugs, is killing people at a steadily rising rate.
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Fentanyl is fatal. Fatal is forever

Fight against fentanyl in neighboring Hall County will be live streamed and recorded for the public to shine light and information on crisis within communities
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Georgia ranks among worst states for lung cancer early diagnosis at 40th, according to new report

American Lung Association examines toll of lung cancer in Georgia, underscores urgent need for more people to be screened
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Chairwoman Nicole Hendrickson presents her proposed budget for Gwinnett's 2023 fiscal year

Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Chairwoman Nicole Hendrickson presented her proposed budget on Tuesday to guide Gwinnett County government spending for the 2023 fiscal year.
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Atlanta Gas Light offers tips to protect customers from utility fraud (imposter scams)

Utility scams, often referred to as imposter scams, cost American consumers $2.3 billion in 2021**. It is more important than ever for customers to be vigilant and know what steps to take to prevent themselves or their families from falling victim.
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New Lawrenceville Chief of Police selected by city

25-Year Law enforcement veteran to lead department
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Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful Introduces 2022-2023 Green Youth Advisory Council

Eco-focused nonprofit enlists the aid of local high school youth leaders to help shape its policies and programs for an up-and-coming generation.
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Gwinnett's annual Veterans Day honors with in-person ceremony, live streaming and cable

Editors Note: This article has been updated with additional details. Gwinnett will recognize those who served in the military during its annual Veterans Day Ceremony this Friday at 11 a.m. at the Gwinnett Fallen Heroes Memorial on the grounds of the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center located at 75 Langley Drive in Lawrenceville.
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GA Department of Driver Services (DDS) reminds veterans & active military of special services

Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) says Happy Veterans Day to all current and former members of the United States Armed Forces!
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Friday gala an opportunity to save lives, families, communities

Support a critical community resource and learn about the public health crisis threatening an entire generation
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4th Annual Wreaths Across America Ceremony scheduled for Dec 17

The 4th Annual Wreaths Across America Ceremony, hosted by the Philadelphia Winn Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), is scheduled for Saturday, December 17th at 12:00 Noon.
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Be Aware: It's peek deer activity season

Why is Fall the time of year that you need to be more vigilant while driving?
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Rainbow Village urges Atlantans to Give the Gift of HOPE to families experiencing homelessness this holiday season

It’s almost as though Hippocrates could see nearly 2,500 years into the future when he coined the phrase, “Desperate times call for desperate measures.”
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Gwinnett Entrepreneur Center can help you be your own boss

The great thing about the American free enterprise system is that anyone can start a business. The unfortunate downside is that no one is guaranteed success.
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Santa’s Wonderland returns to Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s with FREE photos with Santa

Experience with Santa, giveaways, games and activities all part of the holiday tradition beginning Nov. 5 with Santa’s arrival parade
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Fall Back on Nov. 6: Change clocks, change batteries

Commissioner King urges Georgians to change smoke alarm batteries
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U.S. Marine Veteran of World War II, Successful Businessman turns 100

Bill Kimmons, a World War II Marine veteran, and a man who developed the Overhead Door Company into the Number One distributorship in Metro Atlanta, turned 100 years young Tuesday, October 25, celebrating with relatives and friends at two birthday parties in Lawrenceville, Ga.
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Gwinnett and Lawrenceville officials break ground on Hooper-Renwick themed library

Construction on the first themed library in the Southeast is now underway.
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Atlanta Gas Light shares resources to help customers pay their energy bills and prepare for colder weather

As cooler temperatures move in, thermostats go up to keep homes warm and comfortable resulting in higher heating costs due to increased natural gas usage.
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Gwinnett County Property Taxes Due Nov. 1

Pay online at GwinnettTaxCommissioner.com/Pay with an e-check – it’s free, secure, and easy.
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Yellow River Post Office Park Open to Public Sunrise to Sunset

Gwinnett County residents can get a good dose of history at no charge by visiting the Yellow River Post Office Park and the restored Nash-Hudson Home on 3519 Five Forks Trickum Road SW, Lilburn, open daylight hours unless posted otherwise.
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Wreaths Across America Mobile Education Exhibit Alters National Tour Route to Celebrate Veterans with Delta Employees and the Public in Atlanta

Delta invites you to celebrate veterans with 24-hour Event in Atlanta that spans 3 shifts!
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Gwinnett County selected to take part in White House "Communities in Action" Forum

Forum focused on national impacts in the local community
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City of Peachtree Corners Enlists Infrastructure Management Services to Conduct Citywide Pavement Survey

Residents of Peachtree Corners will soon have an accurate and objective assessment of their town’s pavement infrastructure.
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Piedmont Eastside Welcomes Primary Care Physician

Piedmont Eastside Medical Center in Snellville and Piedmont Physicians Group welcome Diondra Atoyebi, D.O.
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Gwinnett County: Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation Earns Top Honors

Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation plays an essential role in placemaking for our nearly a million residents.
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Scotland-Born Centenarian turns 106 years young

When Margaret Watson Pentecost was born in 1916 in Glasgow, Scotland, things were quite different in the world than they are today…
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Georgia DDS raises awareness of organ donation and celebrates partners

Georgia Department of Driver Services Supports LifeLink of Georgia
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Patriotic Organizations Honor Revolutionary War Patriot Michael McCarty

With 40 years of genealogy research and 2 years of event planning, Button Gwinnett Chapter SAR President, Don McCarty from Snellville, brought his vision of honoring his Revolutionary War Patriot to fruition.
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Recent News

GCPS REMINDER: Tuesday, Dec. 6 has been designated as a Digital Learning Day for Runoff Election

Gwinnett County Public Schools has 52 schools that will be used for voting on Dec. 6 for the Runoff Election between Sen. Raphael Warnock and Herschel Walker for one of Georgia’s U.S. Senate seats.
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BBB Tips: Shop safely on Cyber Monday

The Monday following Black Friday, known as Cyber Monday, has become one of the top shopping days of the year.
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Manners Still Matter: Holiday advice

As hard as it is to believe, Thanksgiving 2022 is here. The year is waning, and what a year it’s been.
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BBB Tips: How to shop Black Friday sales

Black Friday, traditionally the single busiest shopping day of the year, arrives a little earlier this year, with many stores already advertising Black Friday prices.
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Lilburn Woman’s Club donates dictionaries to all Lilburn area third-grade students

The Dictionary Project was started in Lilburn by the Lilburn Woman’s Club several years ago, and each year the club strives to provide special dictionaries to all area third-grade students in Lilburn elementary schools.
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Psi Omega Omega and Georgia Pearls of Service Foundation, Inc. NYE Gala

Psi Omega Omega and Georgia Pearls of Service Foundation, Inc. (GPOS) are hosting their 4th annual signature fundraising event “A Kaptivating Affair,”
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NEW to Gwinnett: Drive-through Christmas light display at Coolray Field

Check out the drive-through Christmas light display at Coolray Field!
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Georgia ranks among worst states for lung cancer early diagnosis at 40th, according to new report

American Lung Association examines toll of lung cancer in Georgia, underscores urgent need for more people to be screened
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Scenes Around Town: Perry Street Chophouse opens in Lawrenceville

The wait is over, Perry Street Chophouse opens. Check out some of the pre-opening photos.
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Georgia ranks 8th nationally in economic freedom

Georgia is the 8th most economically free state in the country, according to the report Economic Freedom of North America 2022 by the Fraser Institute.
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Practice safety while using home heating equipment

With the recent cold weather across the majority of Georgia, Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John F. King is encouraging Georgians to remain vigilant while using home heating equipment.
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US Department of Labor announces nationwide effort to prepare students for Registered Apprenticeship programs

Pre-apprenticeship initiative launches in Georgia, aligns with National Apprenticeship Week, Nov. 14–20
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Waterfowl Hunters: 2022-23 Duck Season dates and limit changes

Will you be headed to your favorite wetland location for the opening day of the Georgia duck hunting season when it opens on Sat., Nov. 19, asks the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD).
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Capturing Moments in Photos: Lawrenceville's Harvest Festival 2022

Lawrenceville’s Harvest Festival 2022 was held on the Lawrenceville Lawn by the City of Lawrenceville on November 12, 2022.
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Manners Still Matter: Manners still matter.

Welcome to “Manners Still Matter,” a new bi-monthly column offered by the Gwinnett Citizen newspaper. In this new feature, we will discuss all things “manners” and “etiquette.”
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Manchester Orchestra announces Umi Feeds as The Stuffing XII’s charitable partner for concert at the Fox Theatre on Nov. 18

Concertgoers encouraged to bring healthy, dry foods and canned goods to stock local pantries this holiday season
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Peace: Working across organizations and faiths to establish harmony

Peace. Unity. Hope. These words are part of our daily vernacular when associated with promoting a world filled with harmony. They’re words that elicit inspiration for a world where we can inhabit in concord with and acceptance for one another.
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DHS begins limited implementation of DACA under final rule

On Monday, October 31, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security’s final rule to preserve and fortify Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) went into effect.
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GCPS K-5 families invited to AKS at Home virtual session to focus on key skills - language arts and math

Families of K-5 students invited to session 2 of virtual AKS at Home sessions to support their child’s learning
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DNR offers students chance to learn about careers

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is accepting applications for its 2023 Career Academy now through Nov. 30.
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Your Green 2022: What women need to know about retirement

A report released in 2020 by the National Institute on Retirement Security (NIRS) finds that across all age groups women have substantially less income in retirement than men ( National Institute on Retirement Security, NIRS 2020 ). By age 65, 80% of women are more likely than men to live in poverty. Women age 75 to 79 were three times more likely to fall below the poverty level than men.
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Kings for America: "Just talk to us"

Let’s Win for America Action (LWFAA), an organization created to promote Republican principles in Georgia, released a new video, "Just Talk to Us."
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Hey Y'all: A celebration of gratitude and thankfulness

Is it really time for Thanksgiving?
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Treat Yourself to a Safe, Happy Halloween

Follow Safety Tips From Dept. of Health
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Heading out to hunt? Remember "ACTT": 4 Simple Firearms Safety Rules

Hunting repeatedly shows itself as a safe sport. Out of the hundreds of thousands of participating Georgia hunters, statistics show that only a small percentage are ever involved in any type of firearms incident, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD).
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Firearms Deer Hunting Season opens Saturday, Oct. 22

It is almost time and the opening day of deer firearms season is highly anticipated by Georgia hunters. And that wait is almost over because the statewide deer firearms season opens Sat., Oct. 22 and continues through Jan. 8, 2023.
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Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) Offers Safe Driving Tips to Teens

Encourages Parents to Promote Safe Driving Habits During National Teen Driver Safety Week
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Smooth Coneflowers are on smoother path to recovery in Georgia

After more than 25 years of work by conservationists, the imperiled smooth coneflower has reached a recovery milestone: a downlisting from endangered to threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act.
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Hey Y'all: Fall Means Fun

Boo Y’all!
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Piedmont Eastside Welcomes Primary Care Physician

Piedmont Eastside Medical Center in Snellville and Piedmont Physicians Group welcome Diondra Atoyebi, D.O.
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Hudgens Prize Award to be announced Oct 7

This year’s $50,000 Hudgens Prize will be awarded to one of four Georgia artists, whose work, as a Hudgens Prize finalist, is on view in the Hudgens Prize Finalists’ Exhibition through October 15th.
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Your Green 2022: Inflation and Your Retirement

It’s back, and it’s something frequently overlooked in retirement planning.
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Gwinnett Chamber Announces Seven Moxie Award Winners

The Gwinnett Chamber announced seven winners and recognized more than one hundred finalists at the 2022 Moxie Awards, presented by Northside Hospital.
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Hey Y'all: Drawers, Doors, Lights. Oh My!

There must be a gremlin living in this house. I don’t know where he is, but I know he must be here somewhere. Drawers are never completely closed.
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Viewpoint: Hospitals Finally Face the Music on Price Transparency

Two Georgia hospitals were recently fined $1.1 million for failing to publish their prices.
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Piedmont Eastside Welcomes Interventional Cardiologist

Piedmont Eastside Medical Center is pleased to announce that Interventional Cardiologist Abhijit Ghatak, M.D. has joined Piedmont Heart Institute at Eastside.
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AAA announces contest for 8th Graders: 60 students can win a European River Cruise

The "Discovery Crew" contest runs from August 23 - September 23, 2022.
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Superbugs Are Getting Stronger. Our Defenses Are Getting Weaker

Drug-resistant infections pose a growing threat to public health. We're not prepared to meet it.
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Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops founder and noted conservationist, continues to celebrate and share the beauty of the Ozarks with new natural amphitheater

Heralded as one of the most iconic amphitheaters and arenas in all of North America, the newly expanded Thunder Ridge is set to re-open in September hosting Thunder Days, a Professional Bull Rider team series competition.
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Hey Y'all: Gloom, Despair, Agony on Me

Do you remember the TV show Hee-Haw?
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Your Green 2022: 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.
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Trains, Trucks & Tractors returns to Southeastern Railway Museum this August

The Southeastern Railway Museum will showcase antique tractors and vehicles during the museum’s “Trains, Trucks & Tractors” special event August 5-7.
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Centralized Scheduling Tool for Monkeypox Vaccine now available on DPH website

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) has launched an online, centralized scheduling tool and helpline to locate and make appointments for monkeypox vaccine.
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Hey Y'all: Baby, It’s hot out there!

Would you be kind enough to do me favor? Take off your shoes and stand on the pavement for three minutes.
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Superbugs are in Georgia. Here's how to combat them

As an infectious disease doctor at Emory University, the COVID-19 pandemic has commanded much of my attention the past two years. But that doesn't mean I've forgotten about the threat that is rapidly becoming the next global health crisis: superbugs.
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Monkeypox Vaccine Availability in Georgia

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) has begun receiving limited doses of monkeypox vaccine.
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Your Green 2022: How Much Do Your Heirs Know About Your Estate?

A report showed 40% of parents surveyed had never discussed their estate intentions with their heirs (BMO Wealth Institute) . My experience shows this number may actually be much higher. You may hesitate to discuss death or incapacity for many reasons. Heirs may be reluctant to broach the subject for fear of appearing greedy.
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Hey Y'all: Happy Daddy’s Day!

James Edward Ratledge November 21, 1916- September 23, 1998 Everyone should have someone in their life who believes she can do no wrong.
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Pedestrianizing Peachtree Street

Cars have ruined Atlanta, and Atlantans should reclaim their city from cars.
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Your Green 2022: Delayed Gratification and Wealth

Have you heard of the Stanford Marshmallow Experiment conducted in 1972 by a Stanford University psychologist?
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Hey Y'all: Mama was an Affirmation of Life

Mary Grace Evans Ratledge June 27, 1918 – January 31, 2012 Mama was an Affirmation of Life
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Hey Y'all: Pickle

What is in a name? A rose called by another name shall smell as sweet. A friend called Pickle, will be a friend forever.
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Your Green 2022: Protecting Those We Love

The past couple of years, COVID-19 has many people thinking more about their own mortality, leading many to take steps to plan to protect their loved ones.
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“Character Over Color” Black History Month Banquet Distinguished Speakers Applaud America

Headliner at the Black History Month Banquet held the evening of February 19th and sponsored by the Gwinnett GOP, Dr. Alveda King, said, “Black History is American history.
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Fanfare for the Common Man: What is “Glamping”

I first heard the word “glamping” during an episode of “Escape to the Chateau” on the Peacock network a couple weeks back.
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Hey Y'all: Ricochet & Mell

A dear friend, Mell Hulme, recently died. Mel taught and coached at Central Gwinnett and Shiloh High Schools in Gwinnett County.
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Lt. Governor Duncan Addresses Public Safety and Mental Health Care with Co-Responder Program

Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan unveiled a bipartisan plan on January 31 that promotes collaboration between local law enforcement agencies and certified behavioral health specialists through the establishment of a statewide co-responder model.
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Mandatory training begins in February for entry level commercial drivers

There is less than one month before a new Federal Regulation begins that sets standards for mandatory training of entry-level commercial drivers – Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT).
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Your Next Great Adventure

Recently I was asked by several people about how I became a writer and got my books published. I didn’t exactly go about things in the normal way.
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Screening, HPV vaccine essential in fight against cervical cancer

Though monumental strides have been made in the fight against cervical cancer — historically one of the most common causes of cancer death for American women — extensive screening and the administration of the human papilloma virus are crucial to eliminate cervical cancer as a national health problem.
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Hey Y'all: Five Gold Rings

Are you a jewelry lover? I am. I adore rings. They are my most favorite form of jewelry.
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New 2022 Georgia Fishing Regulations are available now

Start planning your fishing adventures for the new year and be sure to review the updated 2022 Georgia Sport Fishing Regulations Guide, says the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD).
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86th Annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival Dates Announced, April 8-10, 2022

The Atlanta Dogwood Festival Board of Directors is thrilled to announce the festival’s return to Piedmont Park next spring for all the arts, music, family fun and outdoor celebration for which it is known. The festival began in 1936 to celebrate the blooming of the dogwoods and has remained Atlanta’s favorite springtime tradition. It is also the nation’s third-oldest fine arts festival.
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Georgia Receives Oral Antiviral COVID-19 Treatments

Molnupiravir and Paxlovid™ Available at Select Retail Pharmacies. The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is announcing the allocation of Merck and Pfizer oral antiviral treatments for COVID-19 to select retail pharmacies in Georgia.
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Your Green 2022:Investment Year-End Tax Planning

As we end one year and begin another, there are things you need to think about doing to maximize your retirement assets, gain any available tax benefit, and/or avoid any tax penalty that may be linked to your investments. Here are some things you should consider:
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Your Green 2021: Age 72 or older? Don’t forget your RMDs!

What is an RMD? In the year in which you turn 72 (was age 70 ½ before 2020), current IRS guidelines require you to take a Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) , from your Qualified retirement accounts (tax advantaged accounts).
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Hey Y'all: In Communicato

There are pros and cons to being without electricity. I realize that having pros may make no sense to some of you, but it is true.
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Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan and Senate Majority Caucus Release Draft of Georgia Senate Map

Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan, Senator John F. Kennedy, Chairman of the Senate Redistricting and Reapportionment Committee, and members of the Senate Majority Caucus released a proposed draft of Georgia’s Senate Districts.
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Congratulations Christina and William

Christina Lynn Hernandez and William Alton Costley, Jr. were married on September 6, 2021.
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Hey Y'all: Welcome Back

Has this not been a year to forget? Just think about what we have been through. None of it is fun or pretty.
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The Gwinnett Standard: A commitment to excellence

In my first State of the County address, I talked a lot about the high expectations we set for ourselves in Gwinnett County Government.
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Eddie’s Notes - Safety in Regular Maintenance

Murphy’s law "Whatever can go wrong will go wrong." The chances of toast falling with the buttered side up depends on the cost of the carpet.
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Fanfare for the Common Man: Society’s Dregs

You read the headline. If this is you – and it is because we’ve all done it at one time or another in our lives, even me – I hope this offends you enough to do something about it, especially in this COVID-19 world.
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Your Green 2021: What Women Need to Know About Retirement

A report released in 2020 by the National Institute on Retirement Security (NIRS) finds that across all age groups women have substantially less income in retirement than men (National Institute on Retirement Security, NIRS 2020).
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Cornhole League: It’s in the Bag!

A popular competitive sport is making a return to Lilburn this spring.
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City Council Recognizes Wesleyan Senior for Achieving Eagle Scout Rank

Attaining the rank of Eagle Scout is the highest accomplishment awarded by the Boy Scouts of America and one that undoubtedly deserves recognition.
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Hello 2021, My Wish is for Happiness

In 2021, I wish for more happy moments. Last year was probably the worst year, worldwide, for a lot of people.
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Eddie’s Automotive Service: What? 33 Years!!

To quote Bob Seger, “Twenty years, where’d they go?” Except for me it’s “33 years, where’d they go?” Oh my, where did the time go.... it went so fast.
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2021 Spring Season Middle School Golf League registration to open Jan 31

The Middle School Golf League announced on-line registration for the 2021 spring season will open January 31 and is scheduled to close on February 23.
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Hello 2021, My Wish Is For the Return of the Mundane

We can all come to the conclusion that 2020 was a year of hardship. It felt similar to a fever dream, with droves of different events crashing into each other to create this horrible collage of political tensions, social injustice, and global disease.
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Alzheimer’s Association Offering Unique Virtual Education On The Benefits Of Holistic Approaches To Dementia Caregiving

A free month long virtual workshop to provide participants with information and education on four types of holistic therapy including aromatherapy, music and art therapy and yoga.
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Hey Y'all: Some days....

This morning had a beautiful beginning. No cats had thrown up during the night.
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Fanfare for the Common Man: I cleaned off my desk today

All this was predicated by a warning from my grandchildren’s Mimi: “When I get home whatever’s on the floor gets tossed in the driveway.”
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List of safe and stable shelter provides essential protection and nurturance for individuals and families for Gwinnett

Safe and stable shelter provides essential protection and nurturance for individuals and families. If you need permanent or temporary housing, consider the following resources.
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Philadelphia Winn Chapter NSDAR Presents 2021 Outstanding Teacher of American History

Every chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution has the option to select an Outstanding Teacher of American History from their own community. The Philadelphia Winn Chapter in Lawrenceville selected Mr. Johnny Griffin as their 2021 nominee.
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Gov. Kemp Signs Executive Order Eases Requirements to Expand Health Professionals' Eligibility to Administer COVID-19 Vaccine

Governor Brian P. Kemp on Friday signed an Executive Order to ease requirements and allow more medically trained professionals to safely administer the COVID-19 vaccine.
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Fanfare for the Common Man: Games We Used To Play

There’s a saying out there that goes something like this, “The older I get the better I used to be.”
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Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) and its Community-Based Mentoring Program celebrates National Mentoring Month

GCPS is spotlighting community-based mentoring and intends to increase the number of quality mentoring opportunities in order to connect more young people with caring adults.
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Microsculpture Blows Tiny Worlds Up into Larger-Than-Life Portraits in Outdoor, Nature Setting at Fernbank

Experience insects in a way never seen before through stunning, large-format and detailed images that sheds a new light on the insect kingdom
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Go Fish Georgia! 2021 Georgia Fishing Regulations are available

Kick off the new year by using the 2021 Georgia Sport Fishing Regulations Guide as you make all your fishing plans says the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Division (WRD).
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Hey Y'all: January 2021 with COVID

This is a very short Hey Y'all note to thank so many of you for your prayers and kindnesses.
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Proper planting of trees is essential for their success

Although fall and winter are the best time to plant trees, we often do not get planting fever until spring, which is also a good time. Regardless of when planted, proper installation methods are essential to having healthy, attractive trees in your landscape. Take time to do it right, and you will reap the rewards.
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SBA Re-Opens PPP to Community Financial Institutions First with dedicated access

The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, re-opened the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan portal Jan. 11.
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Fanfare for the Common Man: Beware 'Natural Flavoring'

Let’s just get the gross part out of the way now.
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Fanfare for the Common Man: No Mas Resolutions

I am not a fan of the whole New Year’s resolution thing.
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3rd Strike Against Voter Fraud Claims Means They're Out After Signature Audit Finds No Fraud

No fraudulent absentee ballots were identified during signature audit in Cobb
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New Gwinnett County Commissioner Carden commends Sheriff Taylor's decision to end participation in 287(g) Program, disband Jail Response Team

On January 1, 2021 after newly sworn-in Gwinnett County Sheriff Keybo Taylor announced his office is opting out of the anti-immigrant 287(g) program as well as disbanding the Rapid Response Team in Gwinnett's jail, Gwinnett County Commissioner Kirkland Carden commended the move.
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Your Green 2021: Charitable Giving – Leaving a Legacy and Helping Others

Are you at the point in your life where you are seeking alternative ways to provide funds or leave a portion of your estate to support a cause close to your heart?
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Fact Check: Georgia Senate Masquerades Failed Treasure Hunter as Hacker and Election Security Expert

During a recent Georgia State Senate hearing at the end of December, failed treasure hunter , J. Hutton Pulitzer, or Commander Pulitzer (no record of military experience), claimed that he had "hacked" Georgia's voting system. The treasure hunter provided no evidence during the Senate hearing that he had done so, only claiming it had happened.
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A New Year’s Prayer

For 10 years I published a Newsletter for Eddie’s. Now, most of our marketing and ads are done through Social Media. This year has been difficult to say the least. Several of you have told me you miss the newsletter.
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Secretary Raffensperger Cracks Down on "Line Warming" Loophole

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has taken action to crack down on political organizations and advocacy groups that use "line warming" as a loophole to conduct political activity in violation of state law.
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Your Green 2021: Investment Year-End Tax Planning

As we end one year and begin another, there are things you need to think about doing to maximize your retirement assets, gain any available tax benefit, and/or avoid any tax penalty that may be linked to your investments.
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Judge Rejects Election Lawsuit Based on Bad Data

(ATLANTA) – A federal judge Wednesday added to the long string of recent courtroom victories for Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger by ruling against four groups trying to reinstate the voter registrations of thousands who no longer live in Georgia in time for the Jan. 5 runoff.
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Fanfare for the Common Man: On Being Dan Brown…

Until the DaVinci Code novel hit the bestsellers’ list 15 years ago, I didn’t have any problem being Dan Brown, other than being a victim of my own misfortune.
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City of Peachtree Corners Awards $2.66 Million in Grants to Small Businesses

To support the city’s small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic, the city of Peachtree Corners has awarded federal grants totaling $2.66 million to 118 qualified local businesses.
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Peachtree Corners National Guard service member recognized for pandemic response

New York Army National Guard Lt. Col. Aaron Lefton, commander of the state's COVID-19 response force, recognized members of the task force for excellence during the past seven months of duties during ceremonies held in the Capital Region and Central New York November 11-12, 2020.
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Real Snow Playground coming to Duluth!

Grab your snow boots and mittens because it’s about to snow in Downtown Duluth!
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Secretary Raffensperger and Spalding Delegation Call for Resignation of Spalding County Elections Director

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and the Spalding County legislative delegation - Sen. Marty Harbin, Rep. David Knight, and Rep. Karen Mathiak – are calling for the resignation or termination of Spalding County Elections Supervisor Marcia Ridley following serious management issues and poor decision-making during the November 3 general election.
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Jackson EMC awards nearly $25,000 to Gwinnett teachers

Fifteen Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) teachers from eight middle schools earned nearly $25,000 in grants from Jackson EMC in November through their Bright Ideas grant program..
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Eastside Medical Center Honors American Education Week By Installing G.R.E.A.T Little Minds Book Exchange at Hospital

On November 16, Eastside Medical Center honored American Education Week with the installation of a G.R.E.A.T. Little Minds book exchange at their main campus hospital located at 1700 Medical Way in Snellville.
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High school seniors, and their parents, are making decisions now about which colleges they will apply to attend.
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I have a hobby and it is shopping. I like to look at things. I love to feel the fabrics. I adore trying on clothes. I am one of those who fixes clothes back on the hangers.
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November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month. To mark these events, the Alzheimer’s Association Georgia Chapter is encouraging people to lend a helping hand to more than 540,000 Georgia family members and friends serving as Alzheimer’s caregivers.
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The number of absentee ballot rejections for signature issues increased approximately 350% in the November 2020 election in Georgia from the 2018 election, about the same rate of increase as the total number of absentee ballots accepted.
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Cinnaholic "rolls" out third metro Atlanta location in Peachtree Corners.
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I went to the doctor the other day and stepped on the scales. I was told not to remove my shoes.
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At this time of year, we as Americans pause our busy lives to give thanks to our creator and enjoy some of the blessings we have been given. This year will be different.
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Our climates allow for many interesting and attractive plants to be part of our home landscapes. Perhaps no one is more durable or comes in as many shapes and sizes as the holly. More than 300 recognized varieties exist, with more being introduced each year.
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The widespread view that fossil fuels are "dirty" and renewables such as wind and solar energy and electric vehicles are "clean" has become a fixture of mainstream media and policy assumptions across the political spectrum in developed countries, perhaps with the exception of the Trump-led US administration.
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Retirement planning does not end at retirement. The need to continue to grow assets to produce more cash flow remains important for most.
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