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Keith Farner

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Police ID driver in fatal early-morning Lilburn wreck

The incident happened at about 7:15 a.m. at Killian Hill Road and Five Forks Trickum Road.

Ga. Supreme Court throws out life sentence in kidnapping case

At issue in this appeal is the kidnapping conviction and the law on “asportation,” which is a legal term that means the forced movement of another person without that person’s consent.

More local gas prices dip below $2

The average price across the Atlanta area, according to on Monday morning, was $2.27, while several Gwinnett stations were below $2.

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Lawrenceville man wins appeal to Ga. Supreme Court in child porn case

His appeal focused on the argument that images should not be shown to a jury because there wasn’t sufficient probable cause to obtain them.

GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Gwinnett has 51 National Merit Scholar semifinalists

A semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that match their academic record.

GaDOE announces flexibility to teacher evaluations

State education officials said they will not require six observations of teachers, and instead allow for a more personalized approach.

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Gwinnett County Schools collects $573,425 from school bus citations

There were 1,920 citations issued for motorists passing stopped school buses in August.

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Social media threats spread to North Gwinnett

The school will have additional police presence on campus throughout the day on Friday.

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U.S. News and World Report ranks Georgia Gwinnett College No. 11 in the South

The Lawrenceville school was ranked No. 73 among regional colleges and No. 11 among top public regional colleges in the South. The school was listed tied for No. 40 among “best colleges for veterans.”

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GCPS enrollment count 175,838 as teacher displacements coming

At 3,998 students, Mill Creek is the largest high school, followed by Norcross (3,744) and Brookwood (3,482).

Social media threats lead to more security around Shiloh schools

Additional School Resource Officers and Gwinnett County police officers were brought in.

GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Early-learning facilities receive state prizes

The first phase of the sweepstakes was held during July to encourage child care facilities throughout Georgia to share information about saving for college with parents.

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GDOT sign flashes incorrect name for Georgia Gwinnett College

Motorists driving along Ga. Highway 316 in Lawrenceville Friday morning were directed to a college that doesn’t exist.

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Gwinnett SAT scores beat state, national averages | LIST

This year’s SAT results were down eight points locally, and Georgia students’ SAT scores increased five points while the national average dropped seven points.

Few students show proficiency in Georgia Milestones results

Less than 40 percent of students scored proficient or better in English language arts and math. The Georgia Milestones were given to students in April in grades three through eight, while end-of-course tests were given to high schoolers.

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North Gwinnett grad, MIT instructor visits Lanier robotics class | PHOTOS

Charles Guan, who visited Lanier High School on Thursday, graduated from the Massachuesetts Institute of Technology with a degree in mechanical engineering. He now teaches classes at MIT as a rare instructor there without a graduate degree.

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Police name person of interest in Ford F-150 theft ring case

Two of the trucks were reportedly stolen from dealerships in North Carolina, while the other one was reportedly stolen from Five Star Ford in Snellville. In each case, the victims paid either $8,000 or $9,500 cash for the trucks

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GaDOE begins take-home book program for kindergarten, pre-K students

Each book has a corresponding activity, which teachers can use before sending the books home with students. Once the books are home, parents and families can access more resources by visiting the link printed on the inside cover of each book.

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Georgia becomes third state with global competence seal

Only Wisconsin and North Carolina offer the seal or certificate to graduating high school students who have engaged in courses and extracurricular activities that foster global competencies.

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Duluth second-grader wins $5,529 toward college

Joshua was one of five winners from across the state who participated in the program, “Every Hero Has a Story Sweepstakes” from the Path2College 529 Plan. The Duluth Library also received $1,529.

Gwinnett County Schools enrollment up to 175,553

That school district is just 495 students below its post Labor Day forecast.

First Georgia Milestones results due out this week

State-level results are expected to be released on Thursday for the Georgia Milestones test in what state education officials have called a single assessment system that’s comprehensive, cohesive and consolidated.

Gas prices drop more than $1 since last Labor Day

Gwinnett prices ranged around the $2 mark, including a $1.99 listing at a Chevron on Harbins Road near Ga. Highway 316 in Dacula.

GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Goddard School sets book drive goal at 25,000

Preschoolers will begin the event with a goal of collecting 25,000 books for Children Read Atlanta, a nonprofit that gives books to low-income families. The book drive will culminate with a donation delivered to the charity on the week of Sept. 28.

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Living history event demonstrates 1860s lifestyle

About 20 volunteers joined staff members from the Environmental and Heritage Center to put on a living history exhibit in Lilburn to re-live and educate about life in the 1860s, and even how a group of Gwinnettians set out to join the Union Army.

Three local educators receive stipends for improving student self-esteem

The winners will be celebrated on Nov. 5 with an awards ceremony at The Carter Center.

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Police investigating early-morning murder-suicide

Gwinnett County police are investigating an early-morning murder-suicide in Lawrenceville, which claimed the lives of a couple married nearly 20 years.

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Investigators: Lilburn school fire was intentionally set

When firefighters arrived, the fire was out, but they found the “smoldering remnants” of a plastic toilet paper dispenser in a stall in the restroom.

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Education, business leaders celebrate new Junior Achievement Center | PHOTOS

The facility will teach middle school students in a hands-on, interactive manner about entrepreneruship and personal finance principles.

Gwinnett Tech Respiratory Care program receives accreditation

Respiratory therapists’ patients range from premature infants with undeveloped lungs to elderly patients who have diseased lungs.

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Gwinnett, Buford Schools fare well on ACT results | LIST

The Gwinnett School of Math, Science and Technology had the highest average composite score in the state, a 28, while Buford City Schools also fared well, with a 22.7, which was fifth in the state among districts.

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Pharr Elementary's giving garden harvests hundreds of pounds to SE Co-Op

It’s the sixth year for the garden, and it’s grown every year including a greenhouse last year, a watershed rainwater system, solar panel and international garden from donations by the Parent Teacher Association and a $5,000 grant from Lowes.

Gwinnett County Schools enrollment now above 175,000 students

In the third count of this school year, the district counted 175,206 students, an increase of 1,246 since Aug 18, and an increase of 5,886 from the first count

GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Meadowcreek student wins $55,000 scholarship

She won first place in the nation in the Culinary Arts Competition. Culinary Arts participants complete a menu plan consisting of an appetizer and entrée within an hour.

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Suwanee development plans draw ire of residents

Traffic concerns, empty retail space among reasons residents cite in opposing view.

Bullying, gang activity continues decline in Gwinnett Schools

In-school suspensions by ninth-graders were down about five percent from last year.

Salary increases help GCPS fill teacher vacancies

While several neighboring districts had more than 100 vacancies when school started last week, GCPS counted just six. By Thursday, there were nine vacancies across the district as it’s hired 1,832 for this school year.

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Brooks Coleman honored with Impact Award from state superintendent

The bill, which was signed into law March 30, retroactively eliminates all graduation tests as a requirement for students who took those tests from the early 1980s to the present.

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In $46M project, Suwanee to extend Town Center, add high-end apartments

City officials on Wednesday announced the plans to redevelop a 3.5-acre area that would include a five-story structure and a parking garage, which would include about 520 structured public and private parking spaces.

Nearly 200 apply for provost position at Georgia Gwinnett College

School paying Macon-based search firm Myers-Mcrae $40,000 to help

A 17-member search committee was appointed in May to look for someone to fill the position of senior vice president for academic and students affairs and provost currently held by Lois C. Richardson.

School district accepting name suggestions for new Norcross school

Suggestions from the public will be gathered by a school naming committee which has been formed within the Norcross Cluster.

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GCPS latest enrollment figures reach nearly 174,000

The new Discovery High School in Lawrenceville is 248 students over the projected 1,786 students to enroll at the school, while Mill Creek High School is 109 over projections with 3,994 students.

AAA: Gas prices could dip below $2 this fall

Several Gwinnett stations on Monday morning listed prices below $2.30, including three in Lawrenceville, according to While Georgia’s average gas price this week dropped two cents to $2.43, the price of oil is on its longest weekly slump of the year.

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Gwinnett Tech student wins national design competition

Dale Carithers, a Dacula resident, was the winner in the commercial division of the Sherwin-Williams Student Design Challenge and will be featured alongside her work of a beachside resort in an upcoming edition of STIR Magazine.

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As 10-year celebrations begin, Georgia Gwinnett to start fall semester

The school expects nearly 12,000 students to enroll for the fall semester, which starts on Monday, about 1,000 more than the spring semester enrollment. That number is closing in on the school’s eventual projected target of 13,000, which could come next year.

GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Four Gwinnett schools named TAG finalists

These awards were created to recognize and celebrate schools, extracurricular programs, public-private partnerships, science agencies and post-secondary education outreach programs for outstanding efforts and achievement in supporting and promoting science, technology, engineering, and math education in Georgia.

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Move-in customer service impresses Georgia Gwinnett families | PHOTOS

Between Thursday and Friday, a couple hundred volunteers helped more than 700 students move into residence halls as the campus expects overall enrollment to be nearly 12,000 students.

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Suwanee's Ga.-PCOM celebrates 10 years with expanded enrollment, programs | PHOTOS

The school was opened as a way to close shortage of doctors in the state and the Southeast, especially in the area of primary care. And it’s made strides in that area with about 500 graduates who have entered residency programs.

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County schools, police beef up security measures | PHOTOS

A new emergency notification system, which is live in all schools in Gwinnett and Buford Schools, and a visitor management system in all GCPS elementary and middle schools and Buford City’s four schools are designed to accelerate public safety response in an active threat situation.

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GaDOE seeks input on science, social studies standards

Feeback from parents, families, community members and students will be gathered and reviewed and any changes would be implemented for the 2017-18 school year.