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Chris Stephens

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Mayor: Developing city center top priority for Peachtree Corners

Monday was a busy day for Peachtree Corners mayor Mike Mason. On three separate occasions, Mason delivered his second state of the city address.

Peachtree Corners approves solid waste ordinance

The Peachtree Corners City Council passed a solid waste ordinance during a regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday.

Duluth votes to keep same millage rate

The Duluth City Council voted to keep its millage rate at 5.991 mills for the 2015 fiscal year during a public hearing at the regularly scheduled meeting on Monday.

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Smoke alarm warning helps family escape blaze

A three-person family is safe after a smoke alarm alerted them to a fire in their house on the 700 block of Berryman Place early Saturday morning.

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Thousands celebrate America's birthday in Loganville

There is nothing more American than a parade to celebrate Independence Day. On Friday, that’s exactly what the city of Loganville did as thousands of residents lined the streets to celebrate the nation’s 238th birthday.

Peachtree Corners passes budget

In one of the most important things it will do this year, the Peachtree Corners city council passed its FY2015 budget during a regularly-scheduled city council meeting on Tuesday.

Developer gets nod in Duluth public hearing

A public hearing on rezoning of 11.67 acres on U.S. Highway 23 and Old Peachtree Road had dozens of homeowners turn out in an effort to voice their opinions during Monday’s regularly-scheduled city council meeting.

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Duluth honors fallen veterans

Duluth honors fallen veterans

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Georgia Gwinnett College graduating class makes history | PHOTOS

Georgia Gwinnett College created history during Thursday’s spring graduation ceremonies, graduating its biggest class ever.

Buford narrowly falls in Game 2, splits doubleheader

The Wolves were cruising along out in the field. Jake Higginbotham threw a complete game with 14 strikeouts in a 3-1 win in Game 1, and Conner Bennett was having just as much success in Game 2, garnering 12 strikeouts through 6 2/3 innings.

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Holocaust survivor recounts experience to Dacula Middle School students

Eighth-graders from Dacula Middle School took a break from the norm on Tuesday and learned more in one hour than any history book could have taught them.

Duluth City Council discusses comprehensive plan, budget

In what city manager James Riker described as two of the most important items that would be discussed and voted on, the Duluth City Council adopted the 2035 Comprehensive Plan and heard the Fiscal Year 2015 budget presentation during Monday’s regularly scheduled City Council meeting.

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Barefoot in the Park festival marks its 10th anniversary

For the 10th year in a row, Duluth was the site for Barefoot in the Park, a weekend-long festival showing some of the area’s best and brightest artists.

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PAWfest helps to raise animal awareness

For 21 years, PAWfest has been a staple in Gwinnett County.

Peachtree Ridge boys lacrosse falls in playoffs to nemesis Walton

Walton defeated host Peachtree Ridge 12-7 Friday night in the Class AAAAAA quarterfinals

No. 1 Grayson rallies to oust Lassiter in girls soccer playoffs

In a game that was better suited for the semifinals or finals, No. 1 Grayson came back to beat No. 8 Lassiter, 4-2 in overtime, Wednesday in the second round of the girls Class AAAAAA state soccer playoffs.

Peachtree Ridge boys lacrosse exacts revenge on Chattahoochee

Less than two weeks ago, Peachtree Ridge lost on a last-second goal to Chattahoochee in Johns Creek. On Tuesday, the Lions exacted revenge as they bested the Cougars, 13-11, in the first round of the Class AAAAAA lacrosse playoffs.

GGC edged by top seed in extra innings of conference tournament

Georgia Gwinnett College’s softball team split a pair of games Thursday in the Association of Independent Institutions softball championship

Brookwood scores three late goals to beat South Forsyth | VIDEO

No. 1-ranked Broncos broke through when Alfredo Rivera took a pass on the right side from Graham Grassmyer and buried it into the left side of the goal.

Duluth City Council discusses street sweepers

In an effort to save taxpayer dollars, the Duluth city staff recommended to the city council to utilize an outside contractor to do citywide sweeps.

Brookwood boys, girls sweep rivals for region titles

Winning region titles is nothing new for the Brookwood boys’ and girls’ tennis programs. And Thursday was no exception as both teams beat rival Parkview to win the Region 8-AAAAAA title at the Rhodes Jordan Park tennis complex.

Executive Women's Day helps females advance in the workplace

Hundreds of women from throughout the Atlanta area showed up to Monday’s Executive Women’s Day at the Greater Gwinnett Championship at the Gwinnett Center.

Duluth City Council awards resurfacing contract

Duluth City Council awards resurfacing contract

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Program encourages Brookwood students to make good choices

With the backing of the Brookwood High faculty and administration, SADD is putting on a program at the school this week encouraging the fellow students to make good decisions as Spring Break and prom season approaches.

Duluth names new city manager

In a special-called meeting as a part of the regularly-scheduled city work session, the Duluth city council approved city planning director James Riker to become the new city manager, much to the delight of staff members in attendance.

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GAC band accepts invitation for London parade

Almost twice the size of New York’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, London’s New Year’s Day Parade is one of the world’s largest. On Jan. 1, the Greater Atlanta Christian School’s marching band will participate in the parade, along with 8,500 other performers.

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NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick draws a crowd in Duluth

Fans lined up to meet NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick during the grand opening of Ollie's Bargain Outlet in Duluth Wednesday.

Peachtree Corners council approves CitySourced app

The Peachtree Corners City Council approved a customer agreement for the CitySourced mobile application during Tuesday’s regularly scheduled meeting.

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Duluth mayor delivers the state of the city

Although delayed for a month due to the winter storm, Duluth mayor Nancy Harris showed her excitement in delivering the state of the city Monday after the monthly city council meeting.

Duluth votes to construct an addition to the Festival Center pump house

Prior to the annual State of the City address Monday, Duluth’s city council still had to attend to some business.

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SEC WOMEN'S TOURNEY: Vols rally, Cats overwhelm to set up SEC women's final

Tennessee faces Kentucky in Sunday’s SEC women’s championship game

Buford pushes the issue in win over Hebron

After Wednesday’s game was cut short after 4.2 innings, Buford completed its first game of the year, beating Hebron Christian 6-1 Saturday at Coolray Field.

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Buford storms back to beat Cartersville in Class AA boys basketball playoffs

For the first two quarters in Thursday’s Class AAA quarterfinal game, Cartersville 3-point specialist Corey Tobin was shooting lights out. He had seven 3-pointers and 24 points in the first half.

North dominates inside for playoff win

North vs. Lambert in second round of state playoffs

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Hot-shooting North Forsyth gets past Duluth in girls basketball second round

Despite a big game from senior Katie Powell, Duluth lost at North Forsyth in the Class AAAAAA second round

Public comments on Buford Highway median in Duluth

The Buford Highway median project was once again the topic of discussion for the Duluth City Council during its monthly work session Monday, but this time, it was the the public’s turn to have its input.

North boys stifle Etowah in first-round rout

The Bulldogs built a 26-point halftime lead in a 60-40 rout of Etowah on Saturday in its first round Class AAAAAA playoffs.

Archer's defense stout in first-round girls basketball tourney win

Archer forced visiting West Forsyth into 35 turnovers in the Class AAAAAA state basketball playoffs

Peachtree Corners approves certificate of development

There wasn’t much on the agenda, but the Peachtree Corners City Council was able to take action on four items during Tuesday’s regularly-scheduled meeting.

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2,000 runners turn out to celebrate 20 years of Run the Reagan

For 20 years the race has helped support multiple groups, including this year’s recipient, the Gwinnett Community Clinic.

South Gwinnett's Small pleased with big signing group

Comets send seven football players to the college level

South Gwinnett's Rockhead makes the most of senior season

Transfer from Shiloh to South shows plenty in his one varsity season with the Comets

Relaxed Edwards firms up future by signing with Western Kentucky

Dennis Edwards, a four-year starter for the Comets, moves on to Western Kentucky

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North Gwinnett Middle School eighth-grader wins county spelling bee

North Gwinnett Middle School eighth-grader Shruthi Santhanam came out on top in Saturday’s 2014 Gwinnett Spelling Bee.

Duluth council discusses term limits

The Duluth City Council discussed setting term limits for the mayor and city council during Monday’s regularly scheduled work session at City Hall.

PREP ROUNDUP: Archer reaches 20 wins

A recap of Saturday’s prep sports action.

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Guitar club gives Parkview students creative outlet

At Parkview, fourth-year math teacher Drew Spires hosts a guitar club two Fridays a month where students can express their musical talents through the instrument.

Local tax preparer sentenced for filing $600k in false returns

A Lawrenceville tax preparer was sentenced to two years and nine months in prison for filing false tax returns from 2009-10.

Peachtree Corners votes to OK resurfacing of streets

Road resurfacing was a huge topic of discussion during Tuesday’s Peachtree Corners city council meeting.

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Shoney's opens first-of-its-kind location at Sugarloaf Mills

Thursday saw Shoney’s do something it had never done — open a location within a mall setting, providing cooked-to-order entrees, seasonal buffets, Shoney’s On The Go quick service and full liquor service.