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Carole Townsend

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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

Snellville fireworks still exploding

SNELLVILLE -- The battle of wills between new Snellville Mayor Kelly Kautz and some city council members continues, and Monday's city council meeting was no exception.. The much-discussed issue of Snellville Tourism and Trade appointments reared its head Monday, with Kautz saying that the bylaws of the organization state

Snellville city attorney to open investigation into Sabbagh's Marietta appearance

SNELLVILLE -- By a vote of 3-1 Monday (with one abstention and one recusal), Snellville council members voted to give the city attorney the go-ahead to open an investigation into the October appearance of City Councilman Mike Sabbagh at a Marietta council meeting.. Sabbagh attended the meeting and addressed

Dacula officials sworn into office

DACULA -- Re-elected councilwoman Sue Robinson and newly elected councilman Hubert Wells were sworn into office during Thursday's City Council meeting.

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THE DISH: Imane Moroccan Restaurant

Imane Moroccan Restaurant offers traditional Moroccan food in Duluth.

Suwanee bids farewell to Williams, swears in Burnette as new mayor

Police Capt. Byers also honored by council.

Berkeley Lake dam funds waiting on Feds

BERKELEY LAKE -- City engineer Rich Edinger updated Mayor Lois Salter and city council members on Lake Berkeley dam improvements Thursday evening. According to Edinger, negotiations with the contractor and Gwinnett County will yield about $66,000 in savings to the city.. Salter added Thursday that, in any matter in which

Snellville approves purchase of mobile stage

SNELLVILLE -- By a vote of 4-2 Monday, Snellville council members voted to approve the purchase of a $103,263 mobile stage.

Winder residents speak out to save granite hotel

WINDER -- Helen Person, chairwoman of the Barrow Preservation Society Inc., addressed Winder Mayor Chip Thompson and City Council members Tuesday, asking that the city give more consideration to the upkeep and maintenance of city buildings.

Norcross adopts 2012 budget

NORCROSS -- City leaders Monday voted to adopt $24 million annual budget for 2012. According to City Manager Rudolph Smith, staff department heads worked diligently to reach a balanced budget with no employee cutbacks and no decreases in city services.. "I'd like to commend the staff. It's been tough, but

Suwanee DDA sells Pierce's Corner, announces plans for redevelopment

SUWANEE -- The historic Pierce's Corner building at 597 Main Street in Suwanee will soon begin to undergo a sweeping transformation, according to an announcement made at Thursday's Suwanee Business Alliance gathering. Deming LLC, the company who bought the old building, is well known regionally for construction, remodeling and retrofitting

Suwanee DDA sells Pierce's Corner, announces plans for redevelopment

SUWANEE -- The historic Pierce's Corner building at 597 Main Street in Suwanee will soon begin to undergo a sweeping transformation, according to an announcement made at Thursday's Suwanee Business Alliance gathering. Deming LLC, the company who bought the old building, is well known regionally for construction, remodeling and retrofitting buildings, all practices aimed at obtaining LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.

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THE DISH: Touch of Europe Polish Store and Deli

GDP takes a look at Suwanee's Touch of Europe Polish Store and Deli.

Suwanee approves police substation contractor

SUWANEE -- Norcross' Hogan Construction Group has been approved as the contractor for Suwanee's new 7,100 foot police substation and training facility at 2996 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road on the Suwanee Gateway area.. Work is expected to begin by the end of December or early January. Construction was approved at a

Berkeley Lake annexes commercial properties

BERKELEY LAKE -- City council members voted Thursday to annex 55 commercial properties into Berkeley Lake. The parcels are located along Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, South Berkeley Lake Road, South Old Peachtree Road and Process Drive.. Fifteen properties in Habersham Subdivision and two along Bush Road in Gwinnett County will be

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Snellville's new mayor, council members take oaths

SNELLVILLE -- Newly elected mayor Kelly Kautz and freshman council members Bobby Howard, Diane Krause and Dave Emanuel were sworn into their respective offices in Snellville government Monday evening before a packed house.

Snellville's new mayor, council members take oaths

Newly elected mayor Kelly Kautz and freshman council members Bobby Howard, Diane Krause and Dave Emanuel were sworn into their respective offices in Snellville government Monday evening before a packed house.