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Keith Farner

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CRCT results: Gwinnett students shine in reading, social studies

The Georgia Department of Education on Wednesday released this year’s district-level CRCT results for local school districts.

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GGC President Preczewski outlines college's goals to Chamber | VIDEO

Georgia Gwinnett President Stas Preczewski spoke on Wednesday to the Gwinnett Chamber during a general membership meeting at the 1818 Club in Duluth.

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Technology forum discusses BYOD

Partnership Gwinnett on Tuesday at Gwinnett Technical College hosted a forum where representatives from Time Warner, Cisco, NCR and Gwinnett County Public Schools discussed issues related to bringing your own device to work or school.

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GGC receives 10-year accreditation

Five years after Georgia Gwinnett College received accreditation for the first time, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools has reaffirmed the school at its June meeting, this time for 10 years.

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GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Mountain View student selected to youth leadership council

Georgia’s 109 Washington Youth Tour delegates have chosen Lawrenceville’s Michael Smith, sponsored by Jackson EMC, as the 2014 state representative to the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s Youth Leadership Council.

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Randy Simpson, Gwinnett's last coroner, passes away

Randolph Delano Simpson of Snellville passed away on Friday. He was 77. Active in local and state politics, Simpson was the last coroner of Gwinnett County before the county switched to a medical examiner.

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Former GIVE Center student donates Purple Heart to school

A former GIVE East student has donated his Purple Heart to the school. The foundation that led him to the Army National Guard and Afghanistan, where his service was rewarded with a Purple Heart Award last year, was built at GIVE Center East. And that’s where the Purple Heart, awarded in March, will stay.

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Fire department holds latest promotion ceremony

The Gwinnett County Fire Department recently held a promotional ceremony to honor the latest members who took on leadership positions within the organization.

School bus cameras delay now awaiting intergovernmental agreement

In the latest development of a long-running process to install cameras on the stop-arms of Gwinnett County Public Schools buses, school district officials said they’re awaiting an intergovernmental agreement with Gwinnett County needed to proceed.

Gwinnett schools aims to negotiate flexibility, accountability contract

Gwinnett County Schools has plans to negotiate a new Investing in Educational Excellence contract, which has drawn some controversy, and honored 10 students who had 13 years of perfect attendance.

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Gwinnett Schools name three new principals

Gwinnett County Schools on Thursday named new principals at Ivy Creek Elementary, Lanier Middle and Sweetwater Middle.

Delays continue in GCPS, Redflex contract approval

A contract between Gwinnett County Public Schools and Redflex is not expected to be approved at Thursday night’s Gwinnett County Board of Education meeting for bus stop-arm cameras to be installed on school buses. As recently as May, district and Redflex officials expected that the BOE approval would kick-start the installation process.

Ivy Prep looking to fill teacher, staff positions

The Ivy Preparatory Schools Network, which has a campus in Peachtree Corners, is looking to fill more than 24 teaching and support positions at its metro area charter school campuses.

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Meadowcreek principal remembered at third annual golf tourney

Attendees at third annual Bob Jackson Memorial Golf Tournament at Heritage Golf Course in Tucker remember the former Meadowcreek High principal.

GCPS to hold public meetings on millage rates

Gwinnett County school officials are holding three public hearings starting this week for residents to speak about a plan to maintain the district’s property tax rate.

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Book series as popular as ever in summer reading programs

This year’s popular summer reading choices for children, pre-teens and young adults covers a range of topics of characters, but one recent trend, according to Gwinnett library officials and those who work to encourage kids to reach, is series are as popular as ever. Following a character through their ups and downs over several books is what kids love.

Gwinnett student artwork displayed in New York

Four student artists from Gwinnett County last week had their art pieces on national display after earning top reviews for their artistic talent during the 2014 National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards program.

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GGC professor wins lifetime achievement award

David Barnes, a professor of biology at Georgia Gwinnett College, has won a prestigious lifetime achievement award from the Society for In Vitro Biology.

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GGC professor wins lifetime achievement award

David Barnes, a professor of biology at Georgia Gwinnett College, has won a prestigious lifetime achievement award from the Society for In Vitro Biology.

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Duluth children allegedly abducted by father found safe

A Levi’s Call has been issued for two children who Duluth Police said were abducted from Bedfort Drive and may be traveling with John Blue, 55.

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Golf club backpack to make debut at Ga. Manufacturing Expo

A golf club backpack will be among the products on display at the Georgia Manufacturing Expo, which begins on Friday at the Gwinnett Center.

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Lawrenceville man charged in death of 2-year-old

Lawrenceville Police have arrested Bertrand Hounkpatin, 35, of Lawrenceville for the Jan. 25 death of a 2-year old step-child.

State's final CRCT results show eighth-grade improvement

The Georgia Department of Education released the results on Thursday for the final year the state will administer the CRCTs. Next year, all students from third-grade through eighth-grade will take a new test called Georgia Milestones, which is being billed as one program across all grades from third grade through high school.

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$10,000 offered for man wanted for alleged pool house arson | PHOTOS

Gwinnett County Fire investigators are trying to identify a man who is responsible for setting an early morning fire that damaged a subdivision pool house in Peachtree Corners.

Judge hears spirited open records dispute about Partnership Gwinnett; to give ruling in weeks

A Gwinnett Superior Court judge on Wednesday said he would decide in two to three weeks on a case involving open records requests, funding and transparency that involves Gwinnett County Public Schools, Gwinnett County and the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce.

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Methodist Church votes to close Simpsonwood property

Officials with the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church discussed the Simpsonwood Retreat Center in Peachtree Corners.

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At retirement, Zach Young remembers growth of Wesleyan as series of miracles

Wesleyan School headmaster Zach Young is retiring at the end of June after 18 years at the school, which he helped build after moving to Norcross from Sandy Springs.

Baking equipment company brings 65 jobs to Gwinnett

AMF BakeTech, a manufacturer of industrial bakery equipment, has announced it will bring 65 jobs and make a $4 million capital investment in Gwinnett.

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Gwinnett school bus driver writes book about fleeing Africa

A Gwinnett County Public Schools bus driver has written a book about being a refugee, leaving Africa and getting to America.

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Local, regional gas prices continue to drop

The AAA Motor Club said gas prices continue to slip in Georgia, down three cents statewide in last week. In Gwinnett, prices are in the $3.40s for a gallon of regular unleaded.

GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Gwinnett Online Campus wins Blackboard Catalyst Award for Innovation

The Gwinnett Online Campus was named a winner of the Blackboard Catalyst Award for Innovation, which recognizes those that challenge conventional thinking to improve the way education is delivered and experienced.

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Emails: School bus cameras will generate millions in revenue for GCPS, county

Gwinnett County Public Schools is moving forward with a contract with Redflex Traffic Systems that is expected to gain approval and contract signatures this month.

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Ga. Manufacturing Expo to include Casey Cagle, Walmart breakout session

The 2014 Georgia Manufacturing Expo is scheduled for the upcoming weekend and will feature an awards breakfast with Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and several breakout sessions including one by a representative from Walmart.

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Kingston's latest endorsement comes from Gwinnett congressman

U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, who represents Gwinnett, announced he would endorse Jack Kingston in his bid to win a U.S. Senate runoff against David Perdue.

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Fairview Presbyterian receives banner as appreciation for soldier care packages

The deacons at Fairview Presbyterian Church in Lawrenceville have sent care packages to soldiers stationed in Afghanistan for more than a year, and recently the soldiers sent their appreciation with a signed banner that states, in Latin, “To liberate the oppressed.”

Victim ID'd, truck driver charged in fatal 316 crash

A truck driver has been charged and the victim identified in Wednesday’s fatal crash on Ga. Highway 316.

Veterans job fair to be held at Coolray Field

A job fair for veterans is scheduled for June 19 at Coolray Field where employers plan to meet many qualified prospective employees in one location, accept resumes and conduct a short interview.

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Georgia drops CRCT, EOCT for new testing system

The Georgia Department of Education announced a new testing system that replaces the CRCT and EOCT.

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Asbury Automotive becomes fourth Gwinnett company named to Fortune 500 list

The other Fortune 500 headquarters located in Gwinnett County are AGCO Corporation, Rock-Tenn Company and NCR Corporation.

Gwinnett Tech, Ga. Tech to put on next event in educational manufacturing series

Gwinnett Technical College and Georgia Tech are partnering to put on an educational series for area manufacturers at the end of June.

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Summer camp offers glimpse into Maxwell High programs

About 200 middle school students are attending a camp this week at Maxwell High School of Technology in Lawrenceville this week to learn things like how to change a tire, install dry wall and cook sugar cookies.

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Killian Hill announces administration changes

Killian Hill Christian School has announced changes to its administrative team.

GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Brookwood teacher awarded top marketing honor

A Brookwood High teacher, who has dedicated her whole career to Brookwood students, was recently honored with the state’s highest recognition for marketing teachers.

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Hull Middle student just short of Spelling Bee finals

A vocabulary exam cost a Hull Middle student from advancing to the finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday in the nation’s capital.

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Maxwell High auto services teacher named New Teacher of the Year

A Maxwell High School of Technology teacher was recently named New Teacher of the Year by the Trade and Industrial Educators of Georgia.

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Hull Middle student still alive in Scripps National Spelling Bee

Hull Middle student Sumedh Garimella spelled his first two words correctly in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, and survived as a semifinalist.

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3 GSMST students, city of Duluth partner on alcohol training video | VIDEO

Three students from the Gwinnett School of Math, Science and Technology make an alcohol training and educational video for the city of Duluth.

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Bond granted in DeKalb for accused driver in 316 crash

A Lawrenceville woman was transported to DeKalb Couny jail on Monday to face eight charges in a 2012 crash after she was taken into custody this week by Lawrenceville Police following a multi-vehicle crash on Sunday.

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Four former Mason Elementary students all accepted by Harvard

Four friends who attended Mason Elementary in Duluth together went separate ways the rest of their middle and high school careers, but all received acceptance letters from Harvard University.

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Apartment fire displaces about 20 residents

About 20 people were displaced Tuesday afternoon following an apartment fire in Norcross. The building was already being evacuated when the fire department arrived and no injuries were reported.