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Keith Farner

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BOE approves Investing in Educational Excellence extension

School Board also signs agreement with Junior Achievement for BizTown experience

The Gwinnett County Board of Education on Thursday extended a contract with the state Board of Education for one year for an agreement called Investing in Educational Excellence.

Gwinnett School Board members discuss positive influence of Common Core

Gwinnett County Schools staff provided the Board of Education an update on how Common Core has helped math and language arts curriculum, and an update on the 2017 building program.

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Interim president named at Gwinnett Tech

The Technical College System of Georgia has appointed David H. Welden to serve as interim president of Gwinnett Technical College, following the May 1 retirement of GTC President Sharon Bartels. Welden is currently Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration at GTC.

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Greater Gwinnett Championship helper has volunteer spirit

Ben Barnes, 28, has worked tournaments at TPC Sugarloaf since 2002. Despite being deaf, he’s earned an Eagle Scout, two enginneering degrees and now works for the Defense Department in Washington. Yet he returns each year for the Greater Gwinnett Championship.

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Former Gwinnett principal resigns again from North Atlanta High

For the second time this school year, North Atlanta High Principal Gene Taylor has written a letter of resignation. The last time he did it, the former Gwinnett principal accepted a job as Berkmar High’s principal, only for three days.

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TPC Sugarloaf Superintendent expects course to challenge golfers

At more than 7,000 yards, the TPC Sugarloaf is tough, but fair, the course’s long-time superintendent said leading up to this week’s Greater Gwinnett Championship. Last year, No. 9 was the toughest hole in a non-major tournament on the Champions Tour.

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At Georgia Gwinnett College, Rob Woodall discusses recent legislation

In a town hall discussion with Georgia Gwinnett College honors students, U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall talked about events in Washington, the FairTax and recent legislation.

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Two Brookwood High students accused of cheating scheme

Two Brookwood High students have been accused of cheating and disciplined for stealing answers to local Advanced Placement tests.

Gwinnett BOE approves tentative $1.86B fiscal 2015 budget

The Gwinnett County Board of Education on Tuesday approved a tentative budget for the 2015 fiscal year during an area board meeting at Shiloh High School.

Board of Regents raise tuition 2.5 percent

The 2014-15 academic year will mark the third year in row tuition to attend the majority of the University System of Georgia’s colleges and universities will rise 2.5 percent.

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'Professional volunteers' flock to Greater Gwinnett Championship

Thanks to so many pro golf tournaments around Atlanta over the years, there are plenty of veteran “professional volunteers” this week at the Greater Gwinnett Championship.

Freeze warning, high winds for Gwinnett

The National Weather Service early Tuesday morning issued a freeze warning for central and north Georgia, including Gwinnett, for Wednesday morning.

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GGC students receive regional, national recognition in IT

Georgia Gwinnett College students receive regional, national recognition in IT. Students earned top honors in competitions, which included a provisional patent application.

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Gwinnett Tech agrees to partner with Valdosta State

The presidents of Gwinnett Tech and Valdosta State on Monday signed pathway program agreements, which means GTC students who earn an associate’s degree in Applied Science degree are eligible to work on a Bachelor’s of Applied Science in human capital performance or Bachelor’s of Science in organizational leadership at VSU.

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Deal extends tax-free holiday weekends

Gov. Nathan Deal on Monday signed legislation that will extend the statewide back-to-school tax-free holiday and ENERGY STAR and WaterSense appliance tax-free holiday weekends for an additional two years.

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Norcross man, 85, killed in pedestrian hit-and-run

A Norcross man, 85, was killed on Sunday in a hit-and-run incident at the intersection of Singleton Road and Kings Ridge Drive.

Gwinnett Police investigating apparent murder-suicide

Gwinnett County Police responded to an apparent murder-suicide in Lawrenceville on Saturday involving a man and woman both in their 30s.

Six-year-old child killed after jumping from truck

Gwinnett County Police on Saturday investigated an incident where a child was killed in Buford after he was in his father’s pickup truck with his brother.

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Dacula woman dies following bicycle accident

A Dacula woman has passed away from injuries sustained last week in a bicycle accident. A memorial service is scheduled for Tuesday.

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Environmental and Heritage Center celebrates Earth Day

The Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center celebrated the 44th anniversary of Earth Day on Saturday.

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Second Greater Gwinnett Championship begins this week

The second installment of the Greater Gwinnett Championship at TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth begins this week as tournament organizers have set a goal of 40,000 spectators to watch a higher-profile field than last year.

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G-Braves set for sixth home opener

New menu items, Friday night fireworks and bobbleheads all part of experience

The Gwinnett Braves will have their sixth home opener on Friday and will have Friday night fireworks throughout the season, along with new concession stand menu items and three bobblehead giveaway promotions.

Greater Gwinnett Championship to host Executive Women’s Day

The Greater Gwinnett Championship will host an Executive Women’s Day on Monday, which will include a speaker panel and keynote speaker, a behind-the-scenes tour and wine down event.

Gwinnett Tech sonography program receives accreditation

Gwinnett Tech’s new Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program has become accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

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Gwinnett County Schools named finalist for prestigious Broad Prize

Gwinnett County Public Schools won award in 2010

Gwinnett County Public Schools on Wednesday was named one of two finalists for the Broad Prize for Urban Education, which could lead to $1 million in college scholarships for students in the district. It’s the largest education prize in the country — that honors urban school districts that demonstrate the greatest overall performance and improvement in student achievement while reducing achievement gaps among low-income students and students of color.

11 Gwinnett students selected as National Achievement Scholars

Eleven Gwinnett were students selected as National Achievement Scholarship winners, and received $2,500 scholarships each.

GGC receives $6,000 grant for partnership with GCPS

Georgia Gwinnett College received a $6,000 grant for its Mathematics in Action Scholars program for middle school students, which is in its second year.

GSMST ranked most-challenging high school in Georgia

The Washington Post has ranked the Gwinnett School of Math, Science and Technology the top high school in Georgia, and North Gwinnett No. 6 in the annual list of America’s Most Challenging High Schools, which began in 1998.

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GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Gwinnett BOE honors Lanier technology teacher

The Gwinnett County Board of Education recently saluted Lanier High teacher Michael Reilly on his selection as the winner of the Aspirations in Computing Educator Award sponsored by the National Center for Women and Information Technology.

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New developments in three city of Snellville 'follies'

An attorney representing a woman who was sworn into office in January filed a notice that he could sue the city of Snellville for $1 million.

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Harmony Elementary celebrates 90th birthday

Harmony Elementary celebrated the school’s 90th birthday on Friday. The school has served the Buford community since 1923 when it was a two-room, two-teacher schoolhouse for 80 children in seven grades.

Kindergarten registration for the class of 2027 coming soon

Kindergarten registration will be April 24 for children who will be 5-years-old by Sept. 1. The first day of school for the 2014-2015 school year is Tuesday, Aug. 5.

Gwinnett Tech schedules spring plant sale

Gwinnett Tech’s spring plant sale will be April 15-17. Horticulture students will sell house plants, perennials and herbs, among other flowers and shrubs.

Georgia BOE adopts new teacher, leader evaluation measures

The Georgia Board of Education on Thursday adopted new teacher and leader evaluation measures, but Gwinnett is in its first year of a similar system. The measures are new ways of evaluating teachers and administrators based on objective measures such as student growth and achievement.

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Pollen count skyrockets to 'extremely high' 2,722

The pollen count on Thursday in the Atlanta area is 2,722, which is in the “extremely high” category, according to the Atlanta Allergy and Asthma Clinic.

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Gwinnett Tech students shine at SkillsUSA state competition

Gwinnett Tech students had a strong showing at the state SkillsUSA competition, and will advance to the national competition this summer.

Notre Dame Academy announces plans to expand

Notre Dame Academy in Duluth has announced plans to expand its current campus footprint to include ninth through 12th grade and launch a high school with the inaugural freshman class starting in the fall of 2015.

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Lovin Elementary develops partnership with community in Haiti

Lovin Elementary has developed a partnership with a school and community in Haiti after one of its custodians, a native of Haiti, and a parent of a student, suggested and developed a way to donate used books and other items.

Gwinnett middle school students receive high marks in state writing tests

Osborne Middle was among several Gwinnett County Public Schools middle schools to receive high eighth grade writing scores in state tests.

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Retired Snellville Police K-9, Euro, dies

A Snellville Police K-9 dog who retired at the end of 2011, has died. Euro served the city for seven years.

GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: UGA honors Gwinnett, Barrow educators

The University of Georgia recently honored leaders from Barrow County Schools and Gwinnett County Public Schools for their distinguished service to the education field.

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Snellville man charged after dog found with electrical tape around mouth

A Snellville man was charged with cruelty to animals on Thursday after police found a pitbull that had electrical tape around its mouth.

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Supreme Court upholds conviction in brutal 2008 killing

The Georgia Supreme Court on Friday upheld the conviction and life prison sentence given to Demarcus Crawford in 2008 killing of Tedla Lemma.

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Digging suspended in Justin Gaines investigation

The Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office suspended digging on Friday in Dacula as they followed a lead in the long-unsolved disappearance of Justin Gaines. It was the second day they used a backhoe in a wooded area off Drowning Creek Road.

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Man killed in I-85 crash ID'd; Norcross woman charged

Gwinnett County police identified the man who died in Thursday’s fatal crash on Interstate 85, and charged a Norcross woman with second degree vehicular homicide.

Parkview student charged after throwing punch in fieldhouse

A Parkview High student was charged with battery this week after he punched another student in the fieldhouse.

Report: Georgia shines in Common Core implementation

Georgia shines in report on Common Core implementation. Georgia is a leader among several states in implementation of the Common Core, according to a recent report by the Southern Regional Education Board. The report, which tracks progress in 15 states, benchmarked five areas of implementation, identifying “leading states” and “strong states” in each.

Suspicious person reported near North Gwinnett High

North Gwinnett High has stepped up public safety supervision after a suspicious person was reported Tuesday morning.

Freeze warning issued for Gwinnett overnight, early Thursday

The National Weather Service issued a freeze warning for Gwinnett, central and north Georgia from 2 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Thursday.

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Suwanee college announces new president

The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Suwanee has announced a new president after its current president announced his retirement.