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Center of attention

Four years after the building of an arena and ballroom transformed the Gwinnett Center, officials are considering the next upgrade, which could include a luxury hotel.

The center is limited to about 10 to 15 percent of the convention and trade show market - those that bring about 500 to 1,000 per event - Williams said. But a master plan showing plans to double the exhibit space and provide convention-attendees with an on-site, four-star hotel would open the center up to 60 percent more of the market.

"It's ambitious, but it's exciting," said Commissioner Lorraine Green, who represents the area and sits on the Gwinnett Convention and Visitors Bureau Board, which oversees the center. "It's really going to set our facilities apart from any midsize center in the Southeast. We're going to have it all."

Hold the phone

When Georgia Gwinnett College's first freshman classes start this fall, students will come armed with notebooks, textbooks, pens, pencils and mobile telephones.

While students traditionally silence their phones during lectures, some Georgia Gwinnett professors may be asking students to use the text messaging features on the phones during class.

The college recently announced it has joined with Rave Wireless and Sprint to become the first college in Georgia to use mobile technology as part of the academic curriculum.

Funeral for a friend

Gwinnett County K-9 officer Aryn was buried Wednesday afternoon, honored with the barks of fellow K-9s, bagpipes and the attendance of more than 100 police officers.

Aryn, who worked for the Police Department for seven years, was euthanized Jan. 24 due to complications with a terminal illness. Aryn was retired from the department after he was shot in the line of duty in 2004.

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