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Carole Townsend

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Norcross holds off on creating arts commission

NORCROSS -- Norcross councilman Charlie Riehm on Monday proposed that the City Council create and appoint five members to a Norcross Arts Commission, thereby officially throwing municipal support behind the arts in the city.

Dacula to charge for sanitation on county tax bill

DACULA -- City leaders voted Thursday to go ahead with plans to bill city property owners for garbage collection on their annual Gwinnett County property tax bills. "We've had two town hall meetings to discuss whether to (do this)," Mayor Jimmy Wilbanks said.. The city has heretofore billed residents

Berkeley Lake leaders considering auto body shop

BERKELEY LAKE -- Mayor Lois Salter and city council members Thursday listened as deputy city administrator Pat Chapman reviewed a special-use application for an auto body repair shop located at 4540 South Berkeley Lake Road. The application specifies that the type of work to be done on the premises

Loganville council hammers out ethics ordinance details

LOGANVILLE -- Several amendments to the city of Loganville's ethics ordinance were presented to mayor Ray Nunley and council members Thursday evening by city attorney Karen Woodward. One of the changes contested by council members and voiced by councilman Mike Jones was a measure preventing a filing of ethics complaints

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GMC stresses need for bigger NICU

Gwinnett Medical Center is planing a new neonatal intensive care unit to be constructed at their Lawrenceville campus.

Dacula mulls adding sanitation fees to property tax bills

DACULA -- In the coming weeks, Dacula residents and property owners will get the chance to meet with city leaders to discuss the possibility of adding city sanitation fees to property tax bills.

Norcross leaders approve traffic study guidelines, ordinance

NORCROSS -- Mayor pro tem Andrew Hixson and city council members voted Monday to approve a Traffic Study Guidelines Ordinance and the necessary associated parameters. In effect, the ordinance requires developers of new projects 100,000 square feet and more to provide a traffic impact study to assess the amount of

Loganville Town Center on the drawing board

LOGANVILLE -- Years of waiting and planning for a city town center in Loganville are starting to pay off, according to city councilwoman Michelle Lynch. A conceptual drawing of a city gathering spot was on display at Thursday's city council meeting, complete with a pavilion, sidewalks, benches, lighting and landscaping

Winder approves day care center zoning

WINDER -- The city's zoning board of appeals Tuesday evening approved a conditional-use request for Connie Wilbanks to open a children's day care center at 74 Church St. The center, to be named Cribs and Crayons, will occupy the existing structure at that address, which is located in the

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Mill Creek student making a difference through service

Charles Orgbon is doing his part to make the world a better, and greener, place to live.

Dacula approves $24K sewer project

DACULA — City leaders gave the go-ahead Thursday night for Precision Planning Inc., to engineer a sanitary sewer system from the Stanley Road pump to Lakeside Drive in Dacula. The cost, $24,350, is “a pretty good deal for all that’s involved,” said city administrator Jim Osborn.

Norcross leaders table decision on digital reader board

NORCROSS -- City Councilmen Tuesday voted to table the final decision on the purchase of a digital reader board, with a proposed location at the railroad tracks in the heart of downtown Norcross. Currently, the city's information board is near the same location downtown, and the messages are changed manually

Loganville closes land deals for public park, pavilion

LOGANVILLE -- City officials voted Thursday to go ahead with the purchase of the land located at 235 Main St. (formerly Catfish College restaurant). The purchase price was $220,810.36. Recently, the city also purchased the parcel of land at 4400 Pecan St. Mayor Ray Nunley stated that both parcels will

Winder approves permit for Hardee's restaurant

WINDER -- City Council members voted to approve a conditional use permit for construction of a Hardee's restaurant with a drive-thru at 113 North Broad St. in the downtown area. The special permit was required to accommodate the drive-thru portion of the restaurant.. Though several area residents and

Norcross sets property tax millage rate

NORCROSS -- City leaders voted Monday evening to set the 2012 property tax millage rate at 6.424, the same rate that applied to property owners in 2011. According to city manager Rudolph Smith, the new millage rate would have to be raised to 7.018 in order to collect what was

Proposed Dacula annexation on hold

DACULA -- The proposed annexation of approximately 156.83 acres from unincorporated Gwinnett County into the Dacula city limits has been put on hold for review and arbitration, according to Dacula Mayor Jimmy Wilbanks.. The parcels of property are located adjacent to U.S. Highway 29 north of Ga. Highway 316 and

Loganville parade leaves behind debt, controversy

LOGANVILLE -- The city of Loganville's Independence Day parade is reportedly the third largest in Georgia, according to Jerry Golden, parade committee coordinator and owner of Golden Productions in Loganville. But along with its size, this year's American Legion Post 233 July 4th parade also carried a lot of questions

Dacula millage rate set

DACULA -- Following the required three public hearings before taking action, Dacula council members adopted a 2012-2013 millage rate of 5.703 Thursday evening. The previous year's rate was 5.128. Property owners whose property values have remained the same as in 2011 may realize a slight increase in taxes; those whose

Norcross leaders repeal tobacco-free facilities ordinance

NORCROSS -- City council members voted unanimously Monday to repeal an unpopular ordinance that banned tobacco use in Norcross. The ordinance, originally proposed by councilman Ross Kaul as the result of resident complaints about secondhand smoke, was passed in May of this year. Once it became law, however, residents complained

Berkeley Lake amends sign ordinance

BERKELEY LAKE -- City council members voted unanimously Thursday to adopt a sign ordinance and to amend it to allow temporary signs in the GC-A district of Berkeley Lake. These moves paved the way for business owners to continue to do business, now that they have been annexed into

City leaders honor Loganville High School baseball team

LOGANVILLE -- Mayor Ray Nunley and City Council members publicly congratulated the Loganville High School baseball team Thursday evening, presenting head coach Jeff Segars with a framed proclamation commemorating the State AAA championship win.. "This accomplishment is very special to me and to the city," Nunley said, then told

Dacula plans how to allocate proposed TIA funds

DACULA -- At Thursday night's city council meeting, city leaders voted to combine potential Transportation Investment Act funds with the city's SPLOST funds, a move that will speed up Dacula's five-year improvement plan. The July TIA vote, if passed, could result in about $1.5 million over a 10-year

Berkeley Lake road assessment complete

Berkeley Lake road assessment complete. BERKELEY LAKE -- According to Clay Reichert, an engineer with Clark Patterson Lee, a recently commissioned assessment of the roads in Berkeley Lake has been completed. Reichert reported his findings to mayor Lois Salter and city council members Thursday, concluding that, while there are several

Winder sets curfew for juveniles

WINDER -- In the interest of safety and order, Winder officials on Tuesday approved a Juvenile Curfew Ordinance that sets a curfew for those age 16 and younger.. The ordinance also specifies penalties ad enforcement procedures.. City Administrator Donald Toms presented a first draft of the ordinance to city leaders

Norcross bans smoking in city parks

NORCROSS -- By a vote of 3-1 on Monday, Norcross council members voted to ban the use of all tobacco products on city property, including city parks and park sidewalks.

Dacula city leaders name new park

DACULA -- The new downtown city park in Dacula will be named Olde Mill Park at Historic Downtown Dacula, after a unanimous vote by council members Monday.. The official dedication ceremony will be held after the city's Memorial Day parade about noon on May 28.. Other suggested names for the

Loganville to purchase 5 new police cars

The city of Loganville will purchase five new fully equipped police cars, thanks to a $165,000 check from Gwinnett as part of the Service Delivery Strategy settlement, and in part to confiscated resources from drug dealers

Sparks fly in Snellville; police chief now wears two hats

SNELLVILLE -- Police chief Roy Whitehead will serve as Snellville's interim city manager until a permanent replacement is found to replace Russell Treadway, who announced his resignation two months ago. Whitehead was nominated by Mayor Kelly Kautz and, after some heated discussion and a called executive session in the middle

Dacula City Park enhancements approved

DACULA -- The city's newest park, located at Second Avenue and Wilson Street in downtown Dacula, will include some additional cosmetic and practical improvements thanks to Thursday's City Council approval.. Mike Moon, the city's public works supervisor, has performed much of the work in the park himself, including building the

Traffic accidents in Winder cut in half

WINDER -- According to Winder police chief Dennis Dorsey, the number of traffic accidents in Winder has dropped from 826 in 2007 to 445 last year.

Norcross leaders say 'no' to Family Dollar on Beaver Ruin Road

With a unanimous 4-0 vote Monday night, Norcross city council members voted against rezoning the property located at 2570 Beaver Ruin Road from Office and Industrial use to Commercial use.

Snellville leaders considering Code Red emergency alert system

SNELLVILLE -- Council woman Diane Krause had a goal in mind when she campaigned for her council seat last fall. A former public safety professional, Krause is passionate about emergency notification for the Snellville community. After researching several types of systems, the Code Red emergency alert system got her attention

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North Gwinnett Middle School principal has built career in Gwinnett

Wanda Law, who has built her teaching career in the county, is now leading North Gwinnett Middle School to high levels of achievement.

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Roberts Elementary principal emphasizes college planning

Under Dion Jones' leadership, Roberts Elementary students are thinking about college on a daily basis. It's just one way the principal is putting his mark on the two-year-old school.

Farmer’s Market may be an accessory use at chapel

City leaders will decide next month whether to allow a farmer’s market at the Berkeley Lake Chapel (zoned R-100 with a special use for a religious institution), with the special use being considered an “accessory use.”

Snellville engages new city attorney

SNELLVILLE -- City council members voted unanimously Monday to engage the services of Cumming attorney Kevin Tallant to serve as the city's legal counsel. Tallant, founding partner of Miles, Patterson, Hansford and Tallant, was appointed by Snellville Mayor Kelly Kautz following interim city attorney Stuart Oberman's recent resignation. The attorney

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Level Creek principal carries on family tradition

Teaching runs in the family for Nancy Kiel, who is in her sixth year as principal of Level Creek Elementary.

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Artful Living coming to Suwanee

A store that offers jewelry, gifts and home decor is set to open in Town Center.

Loganville church paves way to help homeless, hungry

LOGANVILLE -- On Thursday, First Baptist Church youth pastor Wayne Naugle was granted permission by city council members to make changes to his church's campus to accommodate the growing number of hungry and homeless families in the area. Naugle asked the city to grant a special-use permit that would

Winder to acquire new city building

WINDER -- City council members in Winder on Tuesday voted to ratify the acquisition of The Peoples Bank Operations Center, located at 25 East Midland Avenue. According to city administrator Donald Toms, the first floor of the building will house the city police department. Use for the second floor is

Norcross leaders approve emergency demolition

Staff Correspondent. NORCROSS -- City Council members voted Monday to approve issuance of a permit for demolition of the building at 87 So. Peachtree St. in downtown Norcross.. According to Community Development Director Chris McCrary,the building's wood structure is structurally unsafe, and the brick facade is cracking and sagging

Dacula changes mixed use zoning requirements

Staff Correspondent. DACULA -- City council members voted Thursday to approve several changes to the city's Planned Mixed Use Development ordinance, a move that, according to city planner Joey Murphy, adds flexibility to the regulations.. The decision came before Mayor Jimmy Wilbanks and council members last month but was tabled

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Suwanee Elementary principal feels right at home

Though she's from New York, Dr. Kim Smith has found a home in the South as principal of Suwanee Elementary School. Smith has been at the school for five years.

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Johnson delivers Norcross State of the City address

Johnson delivers Norcross State of the City address

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Run The Reagan participant pens song to aid breast cancer research

SNELLVILLE -- Peter Mahncke is on the go, literally, all the time. A Snellville resident who moved to the United States from Hamburg, Germany in 1982 and to Snellville in 1986, he has a goal in mind. Well, actually, he has several, but goals seem to be his thing. His

Snellville city council imposes checks and balances

SNELLVILLE -- Four city council members voted to engage and retain the services of separate legal counsel Monday, citing their lack of confidence in interim city attorney Stuart Oberman's ability and experience. Mayor Kelly Kautz appointed Oberman to the position last November.. "(City) council feels that they

Winder refinances bonds, saves city over $1M

WINDER -- City Finance Director Leslie Henderson, in her monthly financial report to Mayor David Maynard and city council, reported Tuesday that the city's municipal bonds have been refinanced at a lower interest rate. The move will save Winder $1.24 million over the next 17 to 18 years.. Tom Owens

Norcross leaders postpone Family Dollar rezoning

NORCROSS -- Before a packed house Monday evening, Norcross City Council members voted to table the decision regarding a rezoning request for a Family Dollar store.

Two new Loganville councilmen, one re-elected, take oaths

LOGANVILLE -- Judge Brad Brownlow administered oaths of office Thursday to newly elected councilmen Skip Baliles and Mike Jones, as well as re-elected councilman Dan Curry.. Jones served on Loganville's city council about 10 years ago and returns to service following an extended illness and recovery.. Loganville, Walton firefighters

Winder's new administration takes reins

WINDER -- Winder's new mayor David Maynard and new councilmen Travis Singley and Larry Evans took their seats Tuesday evening during the first city council meeting since the November election and official swearings-in on Jan. 5.. During the meeting, Maynard announced that four official committees have been established, each