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Carole Townsend

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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

Loganville approves 2013-14 budget

LOGANVILLE -- A new budget for the upcoming 2013-14 fiscal year was approved by council members Thursday, following two mandated public hearings. The budget, a collective effort of city staff department heads and city manager Bill Jones, reflects a $8,030,987 general fund and a $6,778,507 enterprise fund. Also included are

Snellville adds PIO position, pay raise to budget

SNELLVILLE -- City Manager Butch Sanders said Monday that the $10,244,909 budget presented to Mayor Kelly Kautz, council members and residents is balanced, the product of the hard work of city staff department heads.. 'We had to dig to find dollars, but we did it," Sanders said.. The next

Dacula leaders move forward on gravity sewer project

City Council members voted Thursday to award the bid for the city's gravity sewer project to Strickland and Sons Pipeline Inc. in the amount of $556,372. Bids for the project were opened on May 23, according to City Administrator Jim Osborn. The sewer lines that will be run

Winder temporarily suspends American Legion alcohol license

WINDER -- City Council members decided Tuesday to temporarily suspend the local alcohol license for the American Legion Post 509, as the city and state licenses are held under two different names. John Robinson holds the city license, and the late Hubert Hunter held the state license. The American Legion

Norcross leaders vote to purchase land

NORCROSS -- City Council members voted Monday to purchase the land located at 250 Pinnacle Way in Norcross, for a price not to exceed $53,689. The parcel will eventually be upgraded and improved (at a total estimated project cost of about $250,000) for use as a city park.. The structure

Wild Wings owner gifts Snellville PD with K-9 funds

SNELLVILLE -- Bill Peterson, owner of Wild Wings Cafe in Snellville, presented a $5,000 check to the city of Snellville Monday night, for use by the police department's K-9 unit. Peterson also presented a $300 check to the same department for needed software.. Peterson, known in Snellville for community

Loganville, Walton heroes honored

LOGANVILLE -- Civilians and emergency personnel were publicly honored during Loganville's Thursday City Council meeting.. On March 14, a 911 call was made, reporting a man complaining of chest pain at First Baptist Church. Residents Brenda Zolnick and Anne Benford were on the scene. They placed that call, then began

Norcross leaders vote for pay raise

NORCROSS -- By a vote of 4-1 Monday night, Norcross city leaders voted themselves a 50 percent pay raise, the first such move in 18 years.. City resident Greg McFarland addressed the governing body, saying that he doesn't agree with the move.. "In this dreary economy, who came up with

Dacula officials pave way for family center, drive-through cafe

DACULA -- Lloyd deLatour, owner of Great Beginnings child care center in Dacula, petitioned City Council members Thursday for rezoning of a 2.1-acre property and changes of conditions on another in an attempt to further his vision for his business in Dacula.. Council members granted deLatour rezoning of the

Snellville leaders approve board appointments

SNELLVILLE -- City Council members voted to approve two of Mayor Kelly Kautz's nominations Monday.. Artist Kirk Buis was approved as a member of the Snellville Public Arts Commission. Buis is one of the founders of New London Theatre and Southern Gwinnett Community Arts Association. His nomination was approved unanimously

Berkeley Lake leaders consider berms on two separate properties

BERKELEY LAKE -- City Council members Thursday heard from two residents, both of them suggesting building berms on their properties. John Thafvelin, who lives at 10 Lakeshore Drive, presented a plan to council members in which the proposed berm would straddle the line between his property and Berkeley Lake's. "Actually

Loganville schedules election for mayor, council seat

LOGANVILLE -- City council members Thursday elected councilman Mark Kiddoo to serve as vice mayor for the next two and a half years, filling the role vacated by Vice Mayor Dan Curry effective April 15, who resigned during the same council meeting to run for mayor.. The move comes two

Stalemate continues in Snellville

SNELLVILLE The appointment of volunteer members to various boards is a common order of business in any Gwinnett city, except Snellville. During Monday night's City Council meeting, two board appointments were on the agenda as new city business, and both were met with controversy.. Tod Warner, a longtime Planning

Dacula approves annexation for church

DACULA -- City leaders voted Thursday to approve the annexation and subsequent rezoning of 5.64 acres of land from Gwinnett County into the city.. The owner of the land, Gwinnett Metro Baptist N.C.F., and applicant Nation of Christ Church plan to use the exiting 1,000-square-foot structure for their

Winder annexes several properties

WINDER -- In consecutive motions and votes Tuesday night, Winder City Council members voted to annex and subsequently rezone several properties from Barrow County into the city limits.. In addition to five residential properties, the Chick-Fil-A at 850 Loganville Highway and the Shell station at 830 Loganville Highway