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Keith Farner

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Georgia colleges to join STEM teaching fellowship program

Gov. Nathan Deal on Monday announced that Georgia will be the first state in the South to join a growing national initiative that seeks to increase the supply of outstanding teachers in the science, technology, engineering and math fields and to change how they are prepared to teach.

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Alcova Elementary, Gwinnett schools celebrate Dr. Seuss, reading

State School Superintendent John Barge was among a host of visitors on Monday to Alcova Elementary in Dacula for “Read Across America” a week-long program to promote reading and literacy.

National Weather Service issues freeze warning, outdoor plants at risk

The National Weather Service has issued a freeze warning Monday night into Tuesday morning as temperatures may dip into the high 20s while tender outdoor vegetation may be at risk.

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List of how metro Atlanta, north Georgia school districts made up snow days

A list of how school districts around metro Atlanta and northeast Georgia decided to make-up missed days.

Suwanee Mellow Mushroom employee wins menu contest

A Mellow Mushroom employee in Suwanee has won a company-wide contest for a new menu item, the “Thaidal Wave Hoagie.”

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GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: The Wesleyan School advances to National Science Bowl

The Wesleyan School was among 24 teams of middle and high school students that won their regional competitions for the 2014 National Science Bowl late last month and advance to the National Finals in Washington in April.

Fire in Dacula burns nearly 20 acres of wooded area

Gwinnett firefighters fought a woods fire on 12 to 20 acres in Dacula on Friday evening. Georgia Forestry was called out to assist with cutting fire breaks in the dirt to slow the travel of the fire.

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Judges, teachers impressed with science fair entries

The 36th annual Gwinnett County Regional Science and Engineering Fair opened on Friday at the Gwinnett Center as more than 800 Gwinnett students competed with 600 projects.

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Judge dismisses Kramer’s contempt motion against officer

A Superior Court judge on Friday dismissed a motion for contempt against the probation officer for Ed Kramer, who claimed the man responsible for monitoring him on house arrest isn’t following court-approved guidelines.

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More than 30 students to compete in district spelling bee

More than 30 students are registered to compete in the District 3 spelling bee on Saturday in Winder. Students from at least 12 school districts in northeast Georgia are scheduled to compete.

Annandale Village receives magazine’s 5-star rating

The D. Scott Hudgens Center for Skilled Nursing of Annandale Village has received the highest possible overall rating of five stars in U.S. News & World Report’s sixth annual “Best Nursing Homes” issue.

Georgia Dept. of Labor Career Center in Gwinnett closes due to major roof damage

The Georgia Department of Labor’s Gwinnett Career Center in Norcross will be closed for more than two weeks because of roof damage repairs.

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Top-ranked table tennis player leads GGC into national tourney

A Georgia Gwinnett College table tennis player, also the state’s top player, Tony Yeap, will play in a regional tournament on Saturday. Yeap hopes to qualify for the national tournament in April.

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Science fair celebrates 36th anniversary

More than 800 Gwinnett students will compete this week with 600 projects during the 2014 Gwinnett County Regional Science and Engineering Fair.

Buford City Schools to make up 3 of 4 snow days

Buford City Schools will make-up three of its four snow days missed this winter, days that were already built into the calendar, Superintendent Geye Hamby said.

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Parents, businesses give mixed reaction to Gwinnett schools snow make-up plan

Gwinnett parents are upset about the Gwinnett County Public Schools’ decision to add 30 minutes to each school day starting next week through May 14.

State School Superintendent recognizes Gwinnett AP Honor schools

State School Superintendent John Barge named 462 Advanced Placement Honor Schools, including several in Gwinnett and Barrow counties.

Georgia Gwinnett College to waive application fee this week

Georgia Gwinnett College is giving high school seniors a chance to save $20 this week.

Gwinnett school district announces snow make-up plans

Gwinnett County Public Schools officials announced their plans to makeup snow days on Monday. The district hasn’t missed seven days of school for winter weather since at least 1990.

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PROGRESS: Seven months in, GGC president not bothered by interim title

Georgia Gwinnett College Interim President Stanley “Stas” Preczewski said the interim title doesn’t affect how he leads the college even though it’s been seven months.

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PROGRESS: GCPS growth, construction continues

Gwinnett County Public Schools plans to open in August its first new school since 2011, while construction continues on the district’s most-expensive school, and enrollment projections say the district will top 180,000 students in five years.

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PROGRESS: Deal proposes more K-12 education funding

Gwinnett teachers may be in line for their first raise in six years, but many have noted that Gov. Nathan Deal’s proposal for a large jump in K-12 education funding comes in an election year.

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'Lone Survivor' tells story at Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation gala

More than 800 donors attended a gala for the Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation on Saturday night at the Gwinnett Center, which featured Marcus Luttrell, a Navy SEAL injured in Afghanistan who the movie “Lone Survivor” is based on.

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Special needs cheerleader just one of the girls at Jones Middle

Alanna Opara, a seventh-grader with downs syndrome at Jones Middle in Buford, joined the school’s cheerleading squad at the school last year, and has been universally accepted by her teammates.

GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Read Across America comes to Gwinnett

Students at Alcova Elementary will join millions of their peers across the country on Monday to celebrate the 16th annual National Education Association’s Read Across America Day.

10th Suwanee Farmers Market accepting vendor applications

Entering its 10th year, the Suwanee Farmers Market is looking for vendor applications for its popular Tuesday and Saturday showcase.

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North Atlanta Home Show draws large crowds

Featuring the latest products and services for home remodeling, interior decorating, landscaping and outdoor living, the 17th annual North Atlanta Home Show continued this weekend at the Gwinnett Center.

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Gwinnett County STAR students honored

The title of “2014 Gwinnett County STAR Student” was presented to high school seniors from Buford, the Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology, North Gwinnett and Parkview.

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North Atlanta Home Show opens at Gwinnett Center

More than 150 home remodeling experts have gathered at the Gwinnett Center this weekend for the 17th annual North Atlanta Home Show.

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Gwinnett school district announces two new principals

Gwinnett County Public Schools announced two new principals at a regular School Board meeting on Thursday.

GCPS set to hire 850 teachers for next school year

At a workshop session on Thursday, the Gwinnett County Board of Education heard updates on the district’s eCLASS initiative, the Title I program and update on the AdvancED Accreditation Progress Report.

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Gwinnett County Public Schools to announce snow makeup plan Monday

The Georgia state School Board voted on Thursday to allow a waiver for school districts who missed several school days in the last month because of winter storms.

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Gwinnett BOE visits Junior Achievement’s Discovery Center

The Gwinnett County Board of Educaton and Gwinnett County Public Schools senior staff toured Junior Achievement’s Discovery Center at the World Congress Center in Atlanta to learn some things they may implement at the new Old Norcross Road high school and its “BizTown” experience.

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At Berkmar High, Rob Woodall talks legalizing marijuana, minimum wage

U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall visited Berkmar High on Wednesday to talk with students about the political process and his voting record. Woodall explained his views on legalizing marijuana and raising the minimum wage.

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Mill Creek cluster to launch mobile app

The Mill Creek cluster plans to release a mobile app later this month that administrators hope stream lines communications for parents. It’s among the first in the district to have a mobile app, the latest in a long line of communication tools between schools and families.

Georgia high school seniors improve on AP exams

More Georgia seniors are scoring a three or higher, a passing score, on the Advanced Placement exams compared to last year, according to The College Board’s AP Report to the Nation released this week.

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Olympics inspired cuisine comes to Gwinnett school lunches

Gwinnett County Public Schools on Monday will begin a district-wide promotion on its lunch menus with special items to celebrate the Olympics.

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Gwinnett Tech continues to grow

Enrollment numbers continue to increase across the board at Gwinnett Technical College.

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GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Gwinnett teacher named Elementary Science Teacher of the Year

A Gwinnett science specialist was honored by teachers across the state this week for the work she does exploring the world of science with her students.

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Preczewski focuses on vision, plan for Georgia Gwinnett College, not interim title

The interim title doesn’t bother Georgia Gwinnett College President Stas Preczewski, who is in the longest stint of any position in his career.

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School closings cause myriad of schedule changes

Gwinnett County Public Schools will be closed on Friday due to road conditions on secondary streets.

Fewer power outages reported, Jackson EMC releases contractor crews

The Jackson Electric Membership Corporation has released the contractor crews brought in to assist with power restoration so that they can assist other electric cooperative south and east of Atlanta that have been hard hit by the storm.

Storm knocks out power to thousands in Gwinnett, 300K statewide

Thousands of Gwinnett residents experienced power outages Wednesday morning as the winter storm packed with snow, sleet and freezing rain descended on the area.

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Wilbanks: Closing school for weather among most 'difficult decisions'

Gwinnett County Public Schools CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks said deciding whether to call school off for snow is one of his most difficult decisions.

Gwinnett County Public Schools to be closed on Wednesday

Gwinnett County Public Schools officials announced that school on Wednesday would be closed because of the impending winter storm.

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Power companies call in extra help for impending storm

Georgia Power, Jackson EMC and Walton EMC are preparing crews for the expected winter storm. They also offer tips for what to do if power is out in your area.

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Gwinnett firefighters show Jaws of Life exercise at Maxwell High

Gwinnett firefighters conducted a Jaws of Life exercise for on Monday that related to several Maxwell High School of Technology groups.

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J. Mack Robinson remembered for kindness, humility

J. Mack Robinson’s business ventures included car sales, insurance, banking and fashion industries, died late Friday night. He was 90.

Suwanee recertified as green community

The Atlanta Regional Commission recently recertified Suwanee as a Green Community.

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Language labs come to Gwinnett middle schools

Pinckneyville Middle is one of several Gwinnett schools that are equipped with language labs that are designed to help students learn a foreign language by speaking it in a relaxed environment.