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Snellville honors fallen police dog

Snellville mayor Kelly Kautz and city council members honored Euro, a police dog that died on April 2.

Norcross officials approve auto repair shop on Goshen Springs Road

City council members voted Monday to approve an auto repair shop at 5994 Goshen Springs Road, despite some concerns raised by mayor pro tem Keith Shewbert and others.

Dacula sets new credit card policy

Council adopts new policy for dealing with credit cards.

Snellville DDA to host parliamentary class

Snellville’s Downtown Development Authority, along with Snellville Tourism and Trade and the city’s Urban Redevelopment Authority, will host a class on Roberts Rules of Order, the recognized guide for running meetings and conferences fairly and respectfully.

Berkeley Lake to begin replacing street signs

Rozier sought and gained approval from city council members Thursday to solicit bids for repair or replacement of one-seventh of the city’s signs within a year.

Loganville's Rock Gym to be renovated

City councilman Chuck Bagley said that the city’s Rock Gym building will be renovated, an effort to “get the building in a usable condition so that we can rent it out.”

Snellville Tourism and Trade Association gearing up for warm weather

Kelly McAloon, executive director of Snellville Tourism and Trade, outlined several upcoming city events for mayor Kelly Kautz and city council members on Monday.

Dacula seeks to annex properties

Dacula leaders are pursuing the annexation of 34 parcels of land along Winder Highway.

Winder detectives testify in ‘concrete murder’ trial

Two city of Winder police investigators traveled to Pensacola last month to testify in the “concrete murder” trial.

Norcross HS football team honored by city leaders

The Norcross city hall council chamber was filled to capacity during Monday’s council meeting, with members of the 2013 state championship Norcross High School football team, coaches and parents on hand to receive a proclamation from Mayor Bucky Johnson on behalf of the city.

Snellville to budget additional $100K for legal fees

City manager Butch Sanders was instructed by council to amend the city’s current budget to include up to $100,000 in additional legal fees.

Norcross mayor gives nod to arts, diversity for city’s future

Mayor Bucky Johnson delivered Norcross’ State of the City address Monday, to an audience of more than a hundred people at the Carlyle House, a special events venue in the city.

Dacula planning annexations for 34 properties

Mayor Jimmy Wilbanks said Thursday that Dacula plans to seek approval from the Georgia General Assembly to annex 34 properties, a total of 75 acres, into the city.

Winder to purchase new city vehicles

The council also denied a demolition request and approved a property rezoning.

Norcross appoints rep to Southwest Gwinnett Chamber

City councilman Charlie Riehm was nominated and approved by council vote to be the city’s representative to the Southwest Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce.

Improvements planned for Snellville’s Briscoe Park, Town Green

SPLOST funds have already been set aside for the Town Green improvements. According to city planning director Jon Davis, cost estimates will likely be available for council review at the next city council meeting, on Feb. 10.

Berkeley Lake councilmen take oaths of office

Recently-elected councilmen Chip McDaniel and Rodney Hammond took their oaths of office before Thursday evening’s city council meeting.

Loganville mayor, council members sworn in

Three council members and the mayor of Loganville were sworn into office on Thursday.

Norcross mayor, council members sworn in

Gwinnett Chief Magistrate Judge Kristin Hammer Blum was on hand Monday evening to administer the oath of office to Mayor Bucky Johnson and councilmen Charlie Riehm and Craig Newton.

Dacula grants special permit to church

City council members granted a special use permit on Thursday, allowing the location of a church in a retail shopping strip on Second Avenue. Light of Hope Church, represented during Thursday’s council meeting by applicant Patricia Whitley, will move into the .01 acre property as soon as possible.

THE DISH: Always Fresh Neighborhood Market and Restaurant

This Lilburn eatery is known for its Southern cooking.

Berkeley Lake adopts 2014 budget

A $1,095,427 budget for Berkeley Lake for the year 2014 was adopted Thursday evening.

Loganville honors local heroes for bravery

Loganville’s fire chief recognized several local heroes during Thursday’s city council meeting.

Winder cops reach out to communit

Winder cops reach out to community

Détente apparently over in Snellville

Détente apparently over in Snellville

Dacula adopts 2014 budget

A budget totaling $2,926,979 was adopted by the Dacula City Council on Thursday, the vote taking place following a mandatory public hearing that was held on Nov. 26.

Snellville calls special meeting, kick-starts projects

In a special-called meeting held Monday, Snellville council members voted to award a contract in the amount of $28,500 to Casey Tree Service.

Berkeley Lake celebrates dam completion, aids charities

Berkeley Lake celebrates dam completion, aids charities

Loganville PD gives back to community

During Loganville’s city council meeting Thursday, police chief Mike McHugh recognized his department’s officers Thursday evening, thanking them for their fundraising efforts benefiting the county’s Special Olympics program.

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Three council members take oath of office in Snellville

Three council members were sworn in to office Monday night, on the heels of a hotly contested Nov. 5 election.

Dacula approves changes to alcohol ordinance

City leaders Thursday approved several changes to Dacula’s alcohol ordinance.

Norcross moving ahead with plans for parking deck

Community Development Director Chris McCrary presented concept drawings for a structured parking facility to mayor Bucky Johnson and City Council members Monday night.

Snellville approves conditional use permit for church

One of the concessions made by the city was granting the church relief from a condition requiring immediate removal of an unsightly sign on the property. The cost to remove the sign is an estimated $3,500, which the church does not have to spare when considering other move-in costs to be incurred.

Lake repairs nearly complete in Snellville

City manager Butch Sanders announced Monday that the long-awaited repairs to Lower Johnson Lake in the Summit Chase subdivision are almost finished.

City leaders: Is it art, or is it advertising?

Winder’s council meeting took place on Tuesday.

Locals speak out on Norcross Station Cafe closing its doors after 20 years

The Norcross Station Café will close its doors after 20 years of serving homestyle food in a friendly atmosphere.

Dacula paves way for new road, sidewalk projects

Dacula council members awarded two paving contracts during Thursday’s city council meeting, one for Michelle Circle and the other for Brookton Woods Way. F.E. Sims Enterprises, Inc., will pave Michelle Circle for a cost of $93,620. ShepCo Paving of Conyers was awarded the contract to pave Brookton Woods Way, for a cost of $42,000. Work on both projects will begin immediately.

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Snellville amends city code of ethics

City Council members voted Monday to change the city’s code of ethics, a move aimed at culling frivolous and politically motivated ethics complaints from those that deserve merit.

Snellville election season shaping up to be contentious

With qualifying for the upcoming November election in Snellville underway, a storm is already brewing on the city’s horizon. While Monday’s city council meeting agenda was a straightforward one with typical city business the focus of the meeting, confrontational undertones and snide remarks popped up throughout the course of the proceedings.

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Gwinnett Medical treats whole woman with Breast Health Center

Gwinnett Medical Center has responded with an innovative approach to breast cancer treatment: treating the whole woman and her family, with a positive, proactive approach and a state-of-the-art Breast Center that opened in Lawrenceville in October 2011.

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Snellville celebrates birthday, approves dam repair costs

The city of Snellville celebrated its 90th birthday Monday, welcoming many former councilmembers, a former city clerk and even a former mayor to the festivities. Mayor Kelly Kautz proclaimed Aug. 20, 2013, to be Snellville’s birthday, giving the proclamation to Tom Ewing of the city’s Historical Preservation Society.

Winder police to purchase license plate reader

City Council members voted Tuesday to approve the purchase of an $18,654 license plate reader system.

Norcross begins process of reviewing millage rate

City Manager Rudolph Smith on Monday advised Mayor Bucky Johnson and City Council members that he and his staff plan wait until the Aug. 19 policy work session to make any recommendations about the city’s millage rate for the upcoming fiscal year.

Dacula paves way for mini storage facility to be built

City leaders approved a change of conditions Thursday for the 3.99 acre property located behind Sears on Dacula Road.

Snellville leaders postpone dam repair discussion

Snellville leaders postpone dam repair discussion

Loganville swears in new mayor, councilman

Loganville Municipal Court Judge Brad Brownlow administered the oath of office to new mayor Dan Curry and new councilman Jay Boland Thursday night.

Snellville grants permit for Eastside helicopter

SNELLVILLE -- City leaders granted a conditional-use permit Monday to Atlanta Healthcare Management, LP, which allows for a hangar, a short runway and a helipad at Eastside Medical Center. The emergency air evacuation helicopter will allow medical professionals to transport critically ill or injured patients to and from the

Dacula approves variance, special-use permit for Pep Boys

DACULA -- City Council members voted Wednesday to approve a special-use permit and setback variance at the request of Pep Boys, an automotive/retail business. The 1.35 acre lot, located between Walgreens and Kentucky Fried Chicken/Taco Bell in the city's Town Green, is irregularly shaped. The two buildings

Winder replacing meter reading system

WINDER -- City Utilities Director Roger Wilhelm said Tuesday that his department is in the process of replacing the natural gas and water meter reading system used in Winder. Radio transceivers called Smart Points, which convey meter readings wirelessly, are being installed in phases throughout Barrow County.. The new meters

Norcross swears in two new police officers

NORCROSS -- Mayor Bucky Johnson administered the oath of office to two new Norcross police officers on Monday. Both men are bilingual, speaking both English and Spanish fluently. Officer Marques J. Sawyer, who previously worked for the Gwinnett County Police Department, brings six years of experience to the job in

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