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Sen. Don Balfour's son hospitalized while serving in Middle East

Trey Balfour, the son of Snellville Sen. Don Balfour, has been hospitalized during his deployment to Afghanistan.

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Polls open in Gwinnett for primary election

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, as voters choose party nominees for races from county commission to U.S. Senate.

Local Salvation Army fundraiser breaks records

Event featured former South Gwinnett and University of Georgia quarterback David Greene.

Georgia officials begin summer driving and boating safety campaigns

Georgia’s Click It or Ticket campaign begins, as well as Memorial Day weekend campaigns to keep people from driving or boating under the influence.

Georgia repays feds for help with unemployment benefits during recession

Officials have announced that Georgia has repaid the principal on a $1 billion loan taken out to continue unemployment benefits during the worst of the Great Recession.

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Gov. Deal faces two challengers in GOP primary

Dalton Mayor David Pennington and State School Superintendent John Barge will square off against incumbent Gov. Nathan Deal on the May 20 Republican primary ballot.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Snellville chief saves choking councilman

Police Chief Roy Whitehead is credited with saving Mayor Pro Tem Tom Witts by performing the Heimlich maneuver at a Snellville Commerce Club meeting earlier this month. Democratic Party opens new office

Turnout hard to predict for Tuesday's primary election

Polls will be open throughout Gwinnett from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, so voters can choose party nominations for U.S. Senate, Congress, governor, state legislator and county commission and school board positions.

I-285/Ga. 400 interchange funding promised, two years after T-SPLOST defeat

Two years after the defeat of a regional transportation sales tax, Gov. Nathan Deal has promised state funding for improvements to the Interstate 285/Ga. Highway 400 interchange.

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Korea's Dasan Machineries to open U.S. headquarters in Duluth, create 150 jobs

During a Partnership Gwinnett visit to Korea Thursday, officials announced that Dasan Machineries will open operations in Duluth, bringing 150 jobs to Gwinnett.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Tea party endorsements for Mike Beaudreau, Right to Life for Alfie Meek

Senate candidate Mike Beaudreau claims endorsements from Atlanta Tea Party Patriots and the Gwinnett Tea Party, while commission challenger Alfie Meek gets the backing of the Georgia Right to Life PAC.

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Seven Republicans squaring off for U.S. Congress in 10th District; Johnson challenged on District 4 Dem ballot

With Congressman Paul Broun running for Senate, seven Republicans are squaring off in a primary for the U.S. House District 10 seat, which includes eastern Gwinnett, while western Gwinnett voters have a choice in the U.S. House District 4 Democratic primary.

Personalities, experience set apart House candidates in forum | VIDEO

The Gwinnett GOP held a forum Tuesday for candidates in the May 20 primary for state House Districts 97 and 98.

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Officials celebrate downtown Winder road completion

The reconstruction of Winder’s Broad Street, using the installation of recast concrete panels, is expected to lengthen the life of the roadway.

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Randy Rich appointed Gwinnett Superior Court judge

Randy Rich, a Gwinnett State Court judge known for his use of technology in the courtroom, was named the county’s new Superior Court judge.

Budget, door-to-door solicitation discussed in Snellville

Employees will see a raise in pay, but residents won’t see a raise in the millage rate in Snellville’s proposed budget.

Michelle Nunn not only option in Democratic primary for Senate

For months, politicos have bantered about the upcoming match-up between any of a half-dozen Republicans and Michelle Nunn for U.S. Senate.

GOP voters to choose among seven candidates in U.S. Senate primary

Picking a senator is never easy. But with Saxby Chambliss’ retirement, 2014 is proving to be an even tougher year.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Perdue launches app with 3D message; Kingston endorsements

David Perdue launches a mobile app with a 3D message, Jack Kingston endorsements include Gwinnett Sheriff Butch Conway and other local officials, and a number of debates are set.

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Officials celebrate opening of Ga. 20 bridge at Ga. 316

The project is far from finished, but the opening of a new, wide bridge is expected to help clear traffic at Ga. 20 and Ga. Highway 316.

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Officials announce expansion of Gwinnett drug court, addition of parent accountability court

A community celebration of the anniversary of the creation of drug courts is planned for 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 18 at Rhodes Jordan Park in Lawrenceville.

Snellville home damaged in fire

No one was injured in a Thursday afternoon blaze on Fife Way.

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Dacula council to pick replacement after Greg Reeves resignation

Greg Reeves resigned from the Dacula City Council May 1 via text message, citing a move and not his March arrest related to misuse of a city credit card.

Walmart director to speak at Georgia Manufacturing Expo

Walmart senior director Joe Quinn will make two presentations at the Georgia Manufacturing Expo, scheduled for June 13-14 at the Gwinnett Center.

Voting locations to open Saturday

Gwinnett’s election officials will open four satellite voting locations across Gwinnett for Saturday voting as well as advanced voting next week.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: John Linder endorses Jack Kingston, Donna Sheldon for 2014 GOP primary

Former Congressman John Linder, who formulated the FairTax proposal, has endorsed U.S. Senate candidate Jack Kingston and congressional candidate Donna Sheldon, while U.S. Senate candidate Karen Handel picked up an endorsement from the largest national tea party political action committee.

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Ethics center of Senate District 9 debate | VIDEO

Two weeks before the primary election, Sen. Don Balfour faced two GOP opponents Mike Beaudreau and P.K. Martin, during a GOP forum Tuesday.

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Gwinnett officials celebrate success of Pleasant Hill diverging-diamond project

Officials celebrate success of Pleasant Hill diverging-diamond project

Nearly a year after traffic shifted to a diverging-diamond on Pleasant Hill Road at Interstate 85, officials cut a ribbon, signaling the end to the project, which has been transformational for the Gwinnett Place area.

Interstate work to impact summer traffic in Atlanta

Officials say projects on the westside of I-285 and I-20 will have an impact on summer travel, but have benefits in the long run.

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Thousands enjoy Snellville Days festivities

Snellville’s parade and arts and crafts festival has been a tradition for 41 years.

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Police forge connection at Gwinnett Multicultural Festival

Gwinnett Police hosted people from Gwinnett’s diverse community, hoping to build trust with people from other countries.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Fundraiser, Senate forum among Gwinnett political events this week

Congressional candidate Jody Hice will greet voters in Gwinnett on Tuesday, while gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter has a fundraiser planned, and Republicans challenging Sen. Don Balfour are slated to square off in a forum.

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Ga. 20 bridge opening next weekend to provide Lawrenceville traffic relief

The Ga. 20 bridge will eventually carry traffic over Ga. Highway 316, as part of a project to create an interchange at one of Gwinnett’s busiest intersections

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Linkous to serve Gwinnett county attorney role

Commissioners are expected to approve a contract Tuesday with William Linkous to become Gwinnett’s county attorney, three years after the previous office holder resigned

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Volunteers build playground in Norcross

More than 200 volunteers worked Thursday to build a playground in a matter of hours for an under-served community in Norcross.

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Basketball legend Dikembe Mutombo helps Nunn campaign

Dikembe Mutombo, the former Hawks center, helps seek donations for Michelle Nunn’s Senate campaign; Rep. Timothy Barr endorses Alfie Meek in Gwinnett commission race.

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Gwinnett Village CID to expand

An expansion to its boundaries places the Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District’s more than properties at more than $1 billion in value.

Rental car tax approved in Snellville

Snellville officials approved a rental car excise tax Monday, which means taxes currently collected by the county will go to the city.

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Gwinnett businesses share stories of international success

At Partnership Gwinnett’s Global Business Summit Tuesday, leaders from several local businesses discuss the pitfalls and positives of venturing into the international marketplace.

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Georgia Right to Life praises new law

Local nonprofit praises the governor for making Georgia the 25th state to outlaw the public funding of insurance related to abortion services

Peachtree Corners to be regional hub for AlixaRx

The national pharmacy will add 85 jobs, economic development officials announced Friday.

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Gwinnett Chamber recognizes small businesses with Pinnacle Awards | PHOTOS

Matt Hyatt of Rocket IT was named the overall winner of Small Business Person of the Year at Friday’s Pinnacle Awards.

Harrison returns to Evermore CID board

Dwight Harrison, a founder of the Evermore CID, was elected to return to its board.

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Judge rules against Peachtree Corners neighbors in Simpsonwood dispute

Neighbors had hoped to sale the sale of the Simpsonwood Retreat Center in Peachtree Corners in court, but a judge said they have no standing in the case.

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Greater Gwinnett Championship deemed success by tourism officials

Miguel Angel Jimenez’s win at the Greater Gwinnett Championship brought international exposure to Gwinnett, tourism officials said Wednesday.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Gun bill signed by Gov. Deal

As Gov. Deal signs gun bill, his gubernatorial challenger says he should do more for 2nd Amendment rights, while another challenger explains race.

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New playground at Bunten Road Park lifts imagination

Officials will celebrate the new playground with a ribbon cutting Saturday.

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Democratic candidates make case at Gwinnett forum

Democrats running in the May 20 primary for U.S. Senate, state school superintendent and other races attended a forum put on by the local party.

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New $2.6 million kitchen open in Gwinnett to cook senior meals

Officials cut a ribbon at the new $2.6 million kitchen set to provide up to 2,000 meals per day for local seniors.

New restaurant opens in Norcross depot, while former proprietor opens another spot

On Monday, Luis Fernandez opened The Crossing inside the depot location, while Ken Weatherford opened his new eatery, MacKenzie’s Restaurant and Tap Room, less than three miles away at 4790 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard in the city of Berkeley Lake.