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Heather Darenberg

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Director on mission to produce internationally educated college students

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Anthony Pinder is a man with a big mission: Internationalize Georgia Gwinnett College's campus.

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Foreign studies: Sugar Hill man founds school in Rwanda

On his first trip to Africa, Phillip Haynes said he was shocked by what the people of the Rwandan village of Gihara asked for.

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Teens gain leadership skills in summer internship

ATLANTA -- Gwinnett County residents Stacia Burke and Alexander Lopez recently completed the best summer job they say they ever had.

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Suwanee gets artifact from Twin Towers

Suwanee recently received a piece of history from the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

BOC briefed on 2012 housing plan

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett commissioners were briefed Tuesday on a recommendation for how to use federal housing dollars next year.

Special education staffers learn skills at conference

LAWRENCEVILLE -- There are still a couple of weeks before kids have to be back in the classroom, but some teachers are in school this week.

Four schools to begin school year with counseling distinction

The support Gwinnett County Public Schools counselors provide to their students every day recently brought national distinction to four Gwinnett schools.

Bethlehem Christian achieves SACS, ACSI accreditations

Bethlehem Christian Academy has earned accreditation that recognizes it as a school that meets the standards necessary for quality education in an authentic Christian setting.

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Kind soles: 10-year-old collects shoes for homeless

When McClain Hermes set a collection goal for the second year of her Shoes for the Souls project, her dad issued her a challenge.

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Hands-on learning: School founder writing interactive books

Amos Alligator is late for everything and puts things off until the last minute. Ollie Orangutan has a hard time following directions. Edie Elephant gets upset when others make fun of her enormous ears.

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Groups meet to discuss fight on homelessness

Gwinnett County resident Deborah Doyle worked a full-time job with a good salary for 14 years. But a year and a half ago, her employment situation changed.

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Hot as blazes: Firefighter recruits tackle dangers of heat

DACULA -- Think it's hot outside? Try strapping on about 50 pounds of firefighting gear and going into a burning building where temperatures can exceed 1,000 degrees.

Gwinnett Tech opens registration for 'Green' courses

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett Technical College, recently honored with the county's first Green Reach Award, is now registering for a range of courses, seminars and workshops on energy conservation, sustainability and green building practices for business professionals in construction and related fields.

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Cops say man tried to buy girl

NORCROSS -- A 33-year-old Norcross man faces federal charges after he allegedly attempted to purchase an underage girl to have in his possession for a year, according to a news release from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

AT&T strengthens mobile coverage in Lawrenceville

AT&T has activated a new cell site in Lawrenceville that is expected to enhance network coverage for area residents and businesses, the company announced Tuesday.

Public to choose charity for Rotary

The Gwinnett Mosaic Rotary Club is letting the community decide which nonprofit organization will receive its sponsorship for a year.

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Thousands gather at Jehovah's Witnesses convention

For the Mosley family of Powder Springs, going to an annual district convention at the Arena at Gwinnett Center is like attending a big family reunion -- with 8,000 fellow Jehovah's Witnesses.

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State BOE to approve Ivy Prep, Gwinnett agreement

The state Board of Education is expected to OK Ivy Preparatory Academy as a locally approved charter school.

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Braves fans pack park to watch game

Instead of watching the Atlanta Braves game on TV Saturday night, the Buchanan family went to Suwanee Town Center Park.

Braselton's July 4th fireworks show moving to new location

The Fourth of July fireworks in Braselton, one of the town's most popular events, is changing venues this year.

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State director discusses Gwinnett's progress on employment program

Gwinnett Technical College is poised to help the county become the first Certified Work Ready Community in the metro Atlanta area, school officials told the director of the Governor's Office of Workforce Development on Wednesday.

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Gwinnett schools form partnership with Bush

Gwinnett County schools are joining with the Dallas-based George W. Bush Institute to focus on developing quality school principals.

Parkview High's Patrick named top Latin teacher

The Georgia Classical Association selected a Gwinnett County Public Schools educator as its teacher of the year.

Ministry feeds people in need

The Food Service Ministry has teamed up with the Lazarus Project to serve free meals to people in need on Friday evenings.

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Splish splash: Swimming lesson promotes water safety

Melanie Kinard signed up her children to participate in a swimming lesson Tuesday at the Bethesda Aquatic Center, but when she saw there was a section for adults, she decided to participate, too.

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Study: GGC's economic impact at $130.6M

Georgia Gwinnett College had an economic impact of $130.6 million on the Gwinnett region during the 2009-10 fiscal year, according to an economic study recently released by the Selig Center for Economic Growth.

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Pedestrian bridge opens across Yellow River in Lilburn

LILBURN -- Beth Hines, who lives on Lake Lucerne, is glad to see pedestrians have a safe way to cross the Yellow River at U.S. Highway 78.

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Suwanee city official says lawsuit is 'factually inaccurate'

SUWANEE -- Suwanee's city manager said Friday the claims laid out in a lawsuit accusing former Mayor Nick Masino of sabotaging a land deal were "factually inaccurate."

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Piece of cake: Local couple to appear on 'Cupcake Wars'

On Tuesday night, Tara Tomlinson will curl up on the couch with her family to watch the third season premiere of "Cupcake Wars."

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Farm says exec foiled land sale

Settles Bridge Farm in Suwanee has accused a top official at the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce of sabotaging a sales agreement to prevent a private Catholic school from building on the property, according to a lawsuit filed earlier this month in Gwinnett County Superior Court.

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GGC gets land for expansion

Georgia Gwinnett College has expanded its campus across Ga. Highway 316.

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City of Lawrenceville, county partner to rebuild park road

Gwinnett County and the city of Lawrenceville have partnered together to rebuild a road that will lead into a renovated Rhodes Jordan Park.

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District to install sidewalk

The Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District will soon extend a sidewalk along a heavily traveled thoroughfare.

GGC VP to serve as interim GCSU president

A top administrator at Georgia Gwinnett College has been tapped to serve as interim president of Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville.

GEHC hosts premiere of new 'Green' movie

The Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center Foundation will host a free screening Friday of a new film, "Green Fire," a documentary about conservationist Aldo Leopold.

GGC Foundation gets new chair

Snellville resident John D. Stephens was elected Tuesday as the new chairman of the Georgia Gwinnett College Foundation by its board of trustees

Transportation Roundtable to host phone forum for residents

A series of telephone town hall meetings will allow members of the Atlanta Regional Transportation Roundtable to involve residents in selecting transportation improvements for the Atlanta region.

GEHC hosts premiere of new 'Green' movie

BUFORD — The Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center Foundation will host a free screening Friday of a new film, “Green Fire,” a documentary about conservationist Aldo Leopold.

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Healthy habits: Exercise, treatments help teen with cystic fibrosis

A typical day for Emma D'Agostino includes breathing treatments in the morning and at night and exercise through an Irish dance class or a bike ride.

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Sheriff to ask board for imager

Two years ago, the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department was selected by the National Institute of Justice to test a body imager that used radio wave technology to detect items concealed under clothing.

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Express lane construction to cause closures throughout week

Lane closures that began Monday night on Interstate 85 will continue throughout the week as construction crews install overhead signage for the new express lane system, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Family establishes scholarship at GGC

Grayson residents Greg and Tammy Shumate recently established an annual scholarship fun in memory of Greg's mother, Linda.

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GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: GGC students toast AITP charter, first-year achievements

Georgia Gwinnett College's student chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals recently capped a year of impressive firsts with a celebration on GGC's campus.

New pool filter to save water, energy

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A planned pool filter upgrade at the Collins Hill Aquatic Center will save water and energy at the county facility.

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Kaiser Permanente expanding, bringing 100 new jobs to Duluth

Kaiser Permanente of Georgia is planning a major expansion of its current medical office in Duluth, which will bring about 100 new jobs to the county, the company announced Friday.

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Application deadline for Georgia Gwinnett College extended

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Georgia Gwinnett College has extended the deadline to apply for fall classes to July 1 in response to a flood of applications received so far.

Incoming freshmen named UGA Foundation Fellows

Two incoming freshmen from Gwinnett County have been selected to receive the Foundation Fellowship, the University of Georgia's premier undergraduate scholarship.

Lawrenceville continues trolley tours

The final tour for May will take place at 2 p.m. today, and tours are tentatively scheduled to continue through June.

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First class graduates from Lanier High

DULUTH -- Initially, T'Arica Crawford didn't want to go to Lanier High School.Photo slide show, link to post your photos inside

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Principal says farewell after 31 years

DULUTH -- Patty Heitmuller waved goodbye to students as they rode off in yellow school buses Friday afternoon for the last time in her 31-year career.