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WellSpring sales event to help fight human trafficking

Sales from Wellspring Bag Days go to support Well Spring Living, which aims to confront the issue of childhood sexual abuse and exploitation through awareness, training and treatment programs.

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Lilburn hosts fourth National Night Out Against Crime

Lilburn hosted its fourth-annual National Night Out Against Crime Tuesday at Lilburn Park, helping get the word out about taking back the neighborhood.

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Falcons' Roddy White, foundation donate school supplies to kids

Education is the way to the future. For Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White that belief is what holds true and it shows as his Keep the Faith Foundation held a back-to-school giveaway.

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Duluth facility's goal to produce world-class players

Shigang Yang has been in business in Duluth for five years at Yang’s Table Tennis Academy, a place he hopes one day produces a member of the U.S. Table Tennis Olympic team.

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New QT coming to Peachtree Corners

The Quick Trip located at 3225 Peachtree Corners Circle will be torn down with a new, more modern station in its place.

Shelter sees 409 adoptions with event

Over the last two years, the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter has dropped its euthanasia rate from 65 to 29 percent.

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Youth volunteers do mission work in Sugar Hill

A group of young people from the ogranization World Changers are spending the week in Sugar Hill doing mission work, including helping folks in need with yard work and other help they need.

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Duluth mulls Red Clay Theatre work

The Duluth mayor and City Council discussed architectural services for the Red Clay Theater during Monday’s work session.

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Local clinic celebrating 30 years

LAWRENCEVILLE -- For 30 years, businesses have come and gone in Gwinnett County, but for Dr.'s J.J. and Meena Shah, their medical practice has lasted because of its core principles.. With a focus on providing quality care, even on weekends, the Shahs have grown the Gwinnett Clinic to 20

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Mason gives first State of the City address for Peachtree Corners

On Monday morning, Mayor Mike Mason gave his first State of the City address for Peachtree Corners, Gwinnett’s newest city.

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Buford resident honors late brother-in-law with world bike charity

Buford resident Kim Wiley honored her late brother-in-law by continuing his work with World Bike Relief, a decision that took her to Africa in May to make the dontations and tour the school named in Bill Keith's honor.

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Fans pack the Arena to see Beyonce

Fans came from all over to watch Beyonce perform at the Arena at Gwinnett Center on Friday night.

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Karin Slaughter talks to fans about latest book

On Saturday, Karin Slaughter helped kick off her latest book release in the U.S. at the Barnes & Noble in Peachtree Corners, talking to her fans about her latest book "Unseen."

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After postponement, Loganville celebrates Independence Day

It may have come a few days late, but that didn't deter Loganville residents from celebrating Independence Day with its annual parade Saturday in downtown Loganville.

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Loganville dedicates pavilion to former mayor

LOGANVILLE -- Former Loganville Mayor Ray Nunley had a vision for the city and for a town green.. On Wednesday, that vision came to fruition as the city officially dedicated the Ray Nunley Pavilion as a part of the town green. And just in time for the Fourth of July

Peachtree Corners approves a millage rate of zero

Peachtree Corners City Council Meeting

City holds public hearing on proposed budget

PEACHTREE CORNERS -- Residents of the city of Peachtree Corners spoke at a public hearing on the proposed FY2014 budget during Tuesday's city council meeting.. The budget proposed has the city spending $3.8 million this year, up $1.1 million from the city's first year.. In potential revenue, the city expects

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Thousands gather at Mall of Georgia as Falcons host tailgate

Thousands of people gathered as the Atlanta Falcons hosted the first Tailgate With the Falcons. The event featured many of the same tailgaters you see

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Man arrested after he crashes into gas pump

A man was arrested Friday evening after his Nissan Pathfinder lost control and crashed into a gas pump at a CITGO station.

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Swim team holds event to raise money for childhood cancer

Manta Ray swim team shows support for cancer victims

Duluth approves budget

DULUTH -- The city of Duluth approved the city's FY14 budget during Monday's city council meeting.. The budget projects $70,810,893 in expenditures. The general fund is slated to receive $20,382,390, which funds operations of all city departments. The capital projects fund will receive $45,788,763 and includes projects such as the

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Irons brothers 'give back' with kids camp

Kenny and David Irons are putting to use the tools they gained in college, working with the next generation of athletes.

Grayson finishes fourth in 7-on-7 national qualifier

In years past, Grayson has been known to be a force running the football. However, at Thursday and Friday's 7-on-7 national select qualifier at Gary Pirkle Park, the Rams have shown they can throw the ball around.

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Families enjoy Kids Fishing Day at park in Peachtree Corners

Hundreds of kids and families kicked off their summer during Kids Fishing Day at Jones Bridge Park on Saturday.

7-on-7 Notes: North's Sawyer winnowing down colleges

North Gwinnett defensive end Dante Sawyer has narrowed it down. He has a top four for college, but he's still unsure of where he will go.. By the end of summer, however, Sawyer feels like he'll be ready to choose between Alabama, Georgia, Auburn and Tennessee.. "It's all going to

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Blue Devils defense carries them to title

LAWRENCEVILLE -- After a day of offensive explosions, Norcross got a huge defensive effort in the championship game of the Gwinnett vs. Georgia 7-on-7 Tournament, beating Kell 17-12 to take the title.. Ridwan Issahaku, who moved from quarterback to cornerback, came up big with an interception early and

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Local farmers markets back in swing

Across the county, locals are buying fresh produce and other products at Gwinnett's farmers markets.

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Free summer concert series returns to Lawrenceville

The Moonlight and Music Concert Series returned to Lawrenceville on Friday as locals and businesses alike benefited from the annual summer tradition in downtown Lawrenceville.

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Wounded vets fish with Falcons at annual event

Falcons players fish with wounded vets.

Peachtree Corners votes to accept grant

PEACHTREE CORNERS -- The mayor and city council voted to accept a local maintenance and improvement grant from the Georgia Department of Transportation during Tuesday's city council meeting.. The 2013 grant deadline has already passed, but the city can still receive the $128,785.90 as long as it can come up

Local company finds niche in the movies

From "Fast Five" to "Anchorman 2", Buford company Atlanta Waterjet has made its mark. The compnay is one of many from the county and state that will participate in the Georgia Manufacturing Exop on June 8.

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Families can pick fresh strawberries from local farm

Washington Farms, located off Ga. Highway 20, is in the middle of strawberry season. With the end of the season in mid-June, hundreds of locals like Henderson and Bailey make treks to the farm to enjoy in family fun.

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Vietnam vet shares massacre story at school

PEACHTREE CORNERS -- "Baby killer" was a term Larry Colburn became accustomed to being called on his return from Vietnam in 1969. After some of the atrocities committed by some U.S. soldiers, every service member returning from Vietnam heard the same words.

GAC boys eliminated on PKs

CALHOUN -- Greater Atlanta Christian had its chances.. But in the end, the Spartans couldn't put the ball in the back of the net as Calhoun forced a scoreless Class AA state semifinal matchup into penalty kicks, where it won 4-2.

Brookwood girls fall to Harrison in PKs

ACWORTH -- For 90 minutes, No. 9 Brookwood went toe-to-toe with No. 1 Harrison, playing to a scoreless tie through regulation and overtime.. In the end, penalty kicks doomed the Broncos as they fell 4-2 to end the season at 16-5.. "I told the girls they have nothing

Duluth City Council hears first budget proposal

DULUTH -- The Duluth City Council held a public hearing on the budget for the 2014 fiscal year during Monday's city council meeting.. The budget, presented by City Finance Manager Ken Sakmar highlighted various items of importance to the city.. In total, the city is expected to spend $75,136,532 through

Patriots clobber North Cobb 6-1 in boys state tourney

Berkmar came into Saturday's soccer quarterfinal matchup with North Cobb feeling like itwould be the better team. The Patriots just didn't know how much better they would be.

Norcross swept in series after squandering leads

Norcross led most of both games in Thursday's second-round doubleheader with Walton. However, big innings late in the game by Walton proved costly as the Raiders swept the series 6-5, 7-6.

Centennial scores late goal to advance, tops Broncos

Brookwood and Centennial looked as if they were going into overtime tied 1-1 in their second-round state playoff game Wednesday.

Sixth-inning error dooms Comets

MARIETTA -- For 6 innings, the South Gwinnett defense made all the plays behind starting pitcher Adrian Martinez.. However, an error on a two-out grounder in the bottom of the sixth helped lead to three Walton runs as the Raiders prevailed 5-2 to end South's season.. "It's a tough

Burn ban now in effect for Gwinnett

Burn ban now in effect.

Brookwood, Milton baseball play combined 19 innings in split

Fonseca comes up with clutch hit for Broncos in Game 1 victory

'Lost Boy' speaks to Parkview class

LILBURN - History came alive Friday morning for hundreds of Parkview 10th-graders as they heard from one of the original Lost Boys of Sudan, King Deng.. The students are reading "They Poured Fire On Us From the Sky," a memoir of the lost boys of Sunday.. "I wanted my

Mustangs fall to No. 3 Centennial 3-0

ROSWELL -- For more than a half, Meadowcreek hung tough with No. 3 Centennial in their first-round boys soccer playoff match on Wednesday.. However, the Knights offense wore down the Mustangs in the second half, scoring three goals in a 15-minute span to win 3-0.. "We wanted to

South Forsyth scores two late goals to advance past Duluth

CUMMING -- For 77 minutes, Duluth was firmly in control of its first-round soccer game against South Forsyth on Tuesday.. After 10 years of not making a playoff appearance, the Wildcats looked as if they would advance to the second round.. Then, things fell apart as the War Eagles

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Duluth discusses downtown development, addition to theater

The mayor and city council put plans in motion that will continue to enhance the development of the downtown area.

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Build-A-Bear enters digital age with Mall of Georgia store

BUFORD -- Build-A-Bear is a favorite store among kids.. With the ability to build your own bear, it's a top pick among kids and parents.. Now the store has entered the digital age with its new store at the Mall of Georgia, which had its grand opening Friday

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Team mentality has turned Berkmar program around

Feature story on Berkmar boys' soccer team

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5K held to help build Boston Terrier rescue shelter

AUBURN -- The country came to a standstill on April 15 as the finish line at the Boston Marathon took a turn for the worst.. At 2:50 p.m. a bomb went off, with a second one going off soon after.. For Conyers resident Ben McClain, it was a surreal experience

GGC opens softball complex with a pair of losses Wednesday

GGC Softball Home opener