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Keith Farner

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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.

At Grayson High, Wilbanks discusses school district priorities

Gwinnett County Board of Education members and CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks discussed the state of the school district with members of the community during their first area board meeting on Tuesday at Grayson High School.

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Gwinnett schools' $1.86B budget includes across-the-board raises

Officials announced the property tax digest grew for the first time since 2008, and property values are expected to increase by five percent.

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Spring area school board meetings begin today

The Gwinnett County Board of Education will kick off its series of area board meetings on Tuesday at Grayson High. Each spring the School Board goes on the road to meet in each School Board member’s district. These meetings allow the members of the Gwinnett County Board of Education to share information with the public and feature CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks’ annual address on the state of the school district.

Freeze warning, wind advisory issued for Gwinnett

The National Weather Service issued a freeze warning for Gwinnett and most of north and central Georgia from midnight Tuesday to 9 a.m. Wednesday.

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GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Peachtree Ridge teacher named Art Teacher of the Year

A Gwinnett County Public Schools fine arts educator has been honored with the state’s highest award for art teachers at the high school level. Hope Steele of Peachtree Ridge High was named 2014 Georgia Art Education Association Secondary Art Educator of the Year.

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College and career academy model coming to Gwinnett high schools

GCPS has started the registration process for a new academy model at five high schools: Central Gwinnett, Lanier, Meadowcreek, Shiloh and South Gwinnett.

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Hull Middle student wins state spelling bee

A student from Hull Middle in Duluth won the state spelling bee on Friday. He will now represent Georgia in the Scripps National Spelling Bee Championships from May 25 through May 31, 2014 in Washington.

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Visiting scholar speaks at GGC about Ukraine situation

At Georgia Gwinnett College, a visiting scholar from Ukraine, currently at Emory University, discusses ongoing situation involving Russia and Ukraine.

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Gwinnett Tech student named international VP for collegiate DECA

A Gwinnett Tech student studying marketing management has been named international vice president for collegiate DECA. He will serve as the primary contact for Georgia and other parts of the United States as well as Guam, Mexico and Puerto Rico.

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Lawrenceville PD endows GGC scholarship

The Lawrenceville Police Department benevolent fund has endowed a scholarship at Georgia Gwinnett College for students pursuing bachelor degrees in criminal justice.

Gwinnett schools sound fiscally, but end of 'birthday tax' could cost district millions

The Gwinnett County Board of Education on Thursday heard a report about the state of the school district fiscally, and an update on changes to the curriculum.

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District officials name four new elementary school principals

Gwinnett County Public Schools on Thursday announced new principals at four elementary schools following the retirement of their current principals.

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Gwinnett teachers, bus drivers expected to get raises

GCPS employees are expected to receive their first raise in six years, board members announced to members of the Teachers’ Advisory Council.

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U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson to deliver UGA's spring commencement address

Johnny Isakson to deliver UGA’s spring commencement address.

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Meadowcreek students look to raise awareness about smoking

Meadowcreek hosted an event between its Advanced Placement Environmental Science program and Adolescent Health and Youth Development Program to promote not using tobacco products.

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Board of Regents adopt tobacco, smoke-free campus policy

The University System of Georgia has adopted tobacco and smoke-free campus policy starting Oct. 1.

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Buford City Schools honors Teachers of the Year

Buford City Schools honored its Teachers of the Year on Tuesday night at a banquet at the Buford Community Center.

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Brookwood Spanish teacher given state award

Gwinnett County Public Schools names the Spanish Teacher of the Year, a veteran educator who has taught foreign languages for more than four decades.

Latest Suwanee indie film to feature kidney donor, recipient

The next film in Suwanee’s Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers features a kidney donor and recipient will be shown this week at the Movie Tavern.

Gwinnett Tech forum to draw international business leaders

Gwinnett Technical College’s Global Business Forum will draw international business leaders to campus on March 25 for a discussion on international business trends and practices.

Study: Gwinnett Tech has $71.3M economic impact

Spending associated with Gwinnett Technical College has a $71.3 million impact, according to a recent study.

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Middle school students celebrate Pi Day

Duluth Middle students celebrated Pi day on Friday as they were recognized for making a Pi chain and one student memorized 189 Pi digits.

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GCPS looking for certified teachers

A job fair is scheduled to be from 8 a.m. to noon on March 22 at the Gwinnett Center.

Gwinnett County schools moves CRCT dates

Because of the days that school was closed for inclement weather, Gwinnett County Public Schools has moved the dates for the CRCT tests.

National Weather Service issues freeze warning through Friday

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City on Thursday morning issued a freeze warning for central and north Georgia, including Gwinnett, for Thursday night through Friday night.

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Gwinnett Tech president to retire

Gwinnett Technical College President Sharon Bartels has announced her retirement effective May 1.

GCPS social studies director to visit China

The director of Social Studies at Gwinnett County Public Schools will attend the Education First Global Student Leader Summit in Shanghai.

National Weather Service issues freeze warning

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City issued a freeze warning for Gwinnett and most of north Georgia until Thursday morning.

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Starling Elementary implements county's first STEM program for elementary students

Starling Elementary recently started a STEM special for all students, the first in the county, for students to learn about science, technology, engineering and math.

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Britt Elementary given international reading award

Britt Elementary was selected as a recipient of the 2014 International Reading Association Exemplary Reading Program Award. It’s been several years since the International Reading Association has presented this honor to a school in Georgia.

Shiloh Elementary awarded more than $50,000 in grants

Shiloh Elementary was recently awarded more than $50,000 in grants to improve its playground area that was built in 1990.

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GCPS changes calendar because of election

Gwinnett County Public Schools has changed next year’s school calendar to make election day a holiday, and start school one day earlier.

Stone Mountain woman wins $1 million lottery

A Stone Mountain woman recently won $1 million from the Georgia Lottery.

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Former Atlanta Falcon starts line of soul food products

Reggie Kelly, a former NFL player who retired after 13 seasons playing for the Atlanta Falcons and Cincinnati Bengals has started a line of food products with his wife.

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At Creekland Middle, Holocaust survivor shares life story

Henry Friedman, a Holocaust survivor who moved to Atlanta in 1950, spoke to students at Creekland Middle on Monday morning about how he survived, and the message he has for the Germans.

Pollen count skyrockets earlier than normal

The Atlanta-area pollen count skyrocketed to 944 on Monday, with trees in the high range. Elm, cedar, and maple were the major contributors. This is by far the highest count on March 10 in the last five years.

Suwanee to host Spring Into Color 5K Dash

A colorful 5K run is scheduled for Town Center Park on March 29. The race benefits the Georgia Green Industry Association, the Atlanta Habitat for Humanity ReStores, Trees Atlanta, The State Botanical Gardens of Georgia and The Atlanta Botanical Gardens.

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GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: GSMST wins TEAM competition

Two Lanier High students placed in the top seven in Georgia and represent Lanier DECA at the International Career Development Conference and Competition with other winners from around the world.

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North Gwinnett Middle's Law named Principal of the Year

The Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals recently visited North Gwinnett Middle to surprise Principal Wanda Law with the news that she is the 2013-14 Georgia Middle School Principal of the Year.

GGC awarded grant to recruit, retain women in technology

Georgia Gwinnett College was awarded a national grant to help recruit and retain women in technology.

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Riverside Elementary third-graders pen thankful journals

Riverside Elementary third graders have written “thankful journals” to someone outside of their family that has left a positive impression on them.

Student artwork to be spotlighted in March

The best young artists from throughout Gwinnett will be spotlighted in March, known nationally as Youth Art Month, during Gwinnett County’s 2014 Tapestry Display.

AT&T gives $50K to GCPS Foundation

AT&T gave $50,000 to the Gwinnett County Public Schools Foundation to help at-risk students at Phoenix High to help them successfully complete high school and prepare for college.

College Board announces changes to SAT college test

The SAT college admissions test will undergo radical changes, the College Board announced on Wednesday. The changes will go into effect in spring 2016.

Gwinnett schools open registration for dual language immersion programs

Registration is underway for Gwinnett’s dual language immersion program that begins in August for kindergarteners.

Avon Protection Systems closes Lawrenceville facility

Avon Protection Systems announced it will close its Lawrenceville facility, which has 49 employees. All activities at this site will transition to three other existing Avon sites over the coming months.

Gwinnett teams from 100 schools to compete in Readers Rally

A popular literary quiz bowl will include 100 teams in Gwinnett County on Saturday as they face off for the title of top readers.