City’s water rate to change

Effective on bills due by April 15, there will be a rate increase for Auburn water customers.

The water consumption rate increase that was passed June 6, 2013, by the mayor and council for the New Increases with Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers effective on March 1 of each year will go into effect with an increase of 1.5 percent.

The increase will be 7 cents to 12 cents per 1,000 gallons for residents. A city customer using 5,000 gallons a month would be billed from $42.17 to $42.58.

For more information on the rate increase, call 770-963-4002.


Pregnancy care center to host ‘Celebrate Life’ banquet

Come Alive Ministries will host its 23rd annual “Celebrate Life” banquet on April 5. Between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m., the Winder-based non-profit pregnancy care center will host a catered dinner with “special music” by Jill Deal and Beth Magness.

The keynote speaker will be Cheryl Camp, the executive director of the Human Development Resource Council.

“Cheryl has nearly 30 years advocating for unborn children, their mothers and those suffering following an abortion,” an announcement said.

Tickets are free but reservations are required. Call 770-867-3000 or email for more information.

The event will be held at the Winder Community Center, located at 113 East Athens St.


Fifth-grader awarded for clean air comic strip

Berkeley Lake Elementary School fifth-grader Ching-Tai Chang took home first place in the elementary category for her comic strip depicting a car coming to life and informing children what they can do to improve air quality.

Guided by the theme “Clean Air Heroes,” students were invited in January to create original artwork that illustrates the positive impact that actions such as riding the bus, turning off an idling car engine or carpooling to school with a friend can have on Georgia’s air quality as part of the Clean Air Campaign.


Hospital system named a top place to work

Northeast Georgia Health System, which is scheduled to open a campus in Braselton next year, was named one of metro Atlanta’s top 100 places to work.

The honor, bestowed by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, marked the fourth in a row for the Gainesville-based hospital system. It was one of only 25 large companies to make the cut.

“These comments speak volumes about our employees’ dedication to our organization’s mission of improving the health of the community in all we do and their commitment to living the health system’s core values,” President and CEO Carol Burrell said.

Northeast Georgia Medical Center-Braselton is scheduled to open in spring 2015.


Mall of Georgia to welcome ‘Caring Bunny’

The Mall of Georgia will welcome the Caring Bunny — a “subdued and welcoming environment for special needs children and their families to visit the Easter Bunny” — on Sunday, April 13. Appointments are available between 9:30 and 11 a.m. and registration is required but free.

To reserve a spot or for more information, visit


Miss Memorial Day application deadline is April 25

The Miss Memorial Day Organization has announced its eighth annual Miss Memorial Day Pageant, which will be held Saturday, May 3. The application deadline for those who wish to participate is Friday, April 25.

The pageant will begin at 9 a.m. in the Grand Hall of the Hamilton Mill Golf Club at 1995 Hamilton Mill Parkway in Dacula. There will be 14 crowns given away, as well as a $200 scholarship to the highest scoring overall winner. The Miss Memorial Day queens are the official queens for the 20th annual Dacula Memorial Day Parade that will be held Monday, May 26.

For more information and to enter the pageant, visit For questions, call 770-826-8704.


Partnership Gwinnett to host breakfast

Partnership Gwinnett will host a breakfast series next week entitled, “The Future of the Greater Gwinnett Place Area” as community and business leaders gather for a roundtable discussion about the current status and future plans for the area.

Tickets are $35 and $45 and group rates are available. The event will begin at 7:30 a.m. on April 4 at the Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta hotel at 1775 Pleasant Hill Road in Duluth.

Speakers scheduled to attend are Joe Allen, Executive Director, Gwinnett Place Community Improvement District; Ken Bleakly, President & CEO, Bleakly Advisory Group; Steven Maksin, CEO, Moonbeam Capital LLC; Jace Brooks, District 1, Gwinnett County Commission; Trey Ragsdale, External Relations Director, Kaiser Permanente; Andy Sumlin, Leasing Director, Cushman & Wakefield.

Business leaders, real estate professionals, community leaders, property owners, area employers and employees are invited to attend. For more information, visit or email


City organization seeking members

Grayson residents interested in helping preserve the history of the city are invited to join the Grayson Historic Preservation Society

The cost is $25 per person annually and all proceeds will go to preserve the history of Grayson. Anyone interested in joining the group is asked to call Barbara Hinkle, director, at the History Center at 678-985-7775.

The Grayson Arts and History center is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Every second Saturday of the month, the center holds an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with different events and themes and occasional guest vendors.


Improvement project meeting to be held for Park Place Drive area

A neighborhood meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, for residents who live on or near Park Place Drive in Lawrenceville.

The purpose of the meeting is to provide concept drawings for the Park Place Drive Improvement Project and to get feedback from residents, the mayor and council about the planned improvements. City personnel as well as personnel from the engineering firm designing the project will be available to address comments and answer any questions.

For more information, call City Engineer Paul Austin at 770-277-7532.


City Crime Suppression Unit lauded

The Lilburn Police Department’s Crime Suppression Unit was named public safety unit of the year at the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce’s Valor Awards last week.

The city’s special unit was formed last May in response to reports of numerous open area drug activities, spikes in property crimes and other violent crimes, a press release said.

“Since its inception, the Crime Suppression Unit has been highly successful and has made a huge positive impact in many affected areas of our city,” the press release said, adding that the unit has made 155 physical arrests, confiscated 13 firearms, two of which had been stolen, apprehended 36 wanted person, seized thousands of dollars in drug money and recovered illegal narcotics. “Coinciding with these achievements, the crime rate in Lilburn has been reduced significantly.”

Under the supervision of Lt. Chris Dusik, the officers assigned to the unit include Officers Cody Belcher and Almedin Ajanovic.

“Working in conjunction with the Uniform Patrol Division, the Crime Suppression Unit has worked tirelessly to maintain and enhance the quality of life and well-being of the citizens of Lilburn,” the release said. “With their skill level, dedication, and personal sacrifice, these officers have reduced crimes such as burglaries, drug activities, fraud, and other property related incidents.”


Church to host “Egg Stuffing Party”

The Orchard Church will host an “Egg Stuffing Party” from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday.

Participants will stuff 25,000 eggs before its “Great Egg Hunt.” The event will also have candy, prizes and pizza. Children are welcome and registration is not necessary. The church is located at 1950 Ga. Highway 81 S. in Loganville.

Call the church at 770-554-3533.


Sidewalks coming to Harbins Road

Pedestrian improvements are coming to Harbins Road between Lilburn and Norcross.

Gwinnett commissioners approved a $290,444.25 contract recently with Ohmshiv Construction, the lowest of four bidders for the project, which includes a new sidewalk, curb and gutter and drainage.

Funded by 2009 special purpose local option sales tax funds, the five-foot sidewalk will be built on the west side of Harbins Road from Singleton Road to Pirkle Road. The work is expected to be complete by the end of the year.


Park to host hike

Nature enthusiasts can learn about the outdoors, during a twilight hike offered at Jones Bridge Park.

Gwinnett County Parks & Recreation is offering an easy, guided education hike on the natural surface trail of the Peachtree Corners park. The event is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 4.

The $5 tour is offered to all ages. Registration is required, at 678-277-0920 or the parks system website.


New restaurant hands out food

With its opening coming up next month, Cabana Grill will make the last stop of its food trailer tour this week.

The food truck visited several Snellville locales next week, including Eastside Medical Center and City Hall, in anticipation of the opening.

It will make its last appearance Thursday, handing out free food outside of its soon-to-open restaurant location at 1635 Scenic Highway. The stop is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Cabana Grill is described as offering an authentic, yet affordable, Mexican dining experience, featuring street tacos, quesadillas, tostadas and other items on their menu. The restaurant will feature an open kitchen, showing its flame grill and tortilla-making station.

A grand opening and ribbon cutting, with the Greater Eastside Chamber of Commerce is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 14.

For more information about Cabana Grill and to stay up to date with all food trailer stops visit


Annual Easter egg hunt coming back to E.E. Robinson Park

The city of Sugar Hill will hold its annual Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 5. The event will be held from noon to 3 p.m. at E.E. Robinson Park and include pictures with the Easter bunny, inflatable rides and refreshments.

The egg hunt is open to children ages 1 through 9 and will be broken into three different age groups. Children must bring their own baskets. Rules are posted at

Those attending are urged to bring canned foods to support the North Gwinnett Cooperative.


Berlin Wall artifact moving to GJAC

Ray Stanjevich, the owner of three Friends Sports Grill restaurants, said in a recent Facebook post that the piece of the Berlin Wall on display in Suwanee that he purchased last year will be moving to Lawrenceville. Stanjevich said the artifact would be displayed in front of the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center.

“This piece of history will hopefully remind us that those who do not remember their past are condemned to repeat it,” he wrote in the post.

Stanjevich purchased the piece in an auction for $23,500 from Auction Management Corp. after it was seized in an Atlanta ponzi scheme. The concrete artwork is about 12-feet tall and weighs about 8,000 pounds, with graffiti that shows a building, people and the American flag on the concrete section that once faced west.