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Keith Farner

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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.

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Gwinnett student representing Georgia in Scripps National Spelling Bee

Sumedh Garimella, a 14-year old eighth-grader from Hull Middle, is representing Georgia during the Scripps National Spelling Bee Championships in Washington.

DNR responds to eight incidents on Lake Lanier over holiday weekend; 10 BUIs

Boaters on Lake Lanier were responsible for eight incidents where Georgia Department of Natural Resources rangers responded, and had 10 of the state’s 34 boating under the influence incidents during the Memorial Day weekend.

AAA warns deadly summer crashes for teens spike 26 percent

AAA motor club says Memorial Day starts 100 deadliest days for teen drivers as number of crashes spikes 26 percent.

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21st annual Dacula Memorial Day parade honors veterans

The 21st annual event in Dacula honored military veterans on the morning of Memorial Day, including several World War II veterans, Sgt. Reckless and the Tuskegee Airmen.

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Fallen Heroes Memorial ceremony offers appreciation

The 11th annual Gwinnett Fallen Heroes Memorial ceremony was held on Monday as residents, veterans and elected officials gathered to honor military and public safety veterans and their families.

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Woman jailed following deadly 316 crash; victim ID'd

A woman remained in the Gwinnett jail on Monday following a deadly multi-vehicle crash on Ga. Highway 316 at Lawrenceville Suwanee Road on Sunday afternoon.

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At new Veterans Memorial, Snellville re-lights eternal flame

A ceremony at the new Veterans Memorial on Saturday evening marked the re-lighting of Snellville’s eternal flame. It’s intended to fulfill a promise from Councilman Tom Witts to re-light the flame, which was extinguished when a new City Hall opened in 2005.

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GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Cooper Elementary establishes Little Free Library

The Beta Club at Cooper Elementary has established a “Little Free Library” as their service project. This box will be placed outside the school, close to the outdoor classroom in the back of the school. The school also is in discussions with Harbins Gwinnett County Recreational Park to place one there as well.

Gwinnett firefighters offer tips on pool, water safety

Gwinnett firefighters encourage safety precautions as summer water season opens. “It’s important to remember that a person can drown quickly in any amount of water,” Rutledge said.

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GCPS closes investigation into Archer High resignations

Two employees at Archer High resigned this month following an investigation by Gwinnett County Public Schools into an alleged inappropriate relationship.

AAA: Busiest Memorial Day travel weekend since Great Recession

Georgia DNR offers safety precautions for boaters

AAA motor club projects the busiest Memorial Day travel weekend since the Great Recession as 926,610 Georgians are expected to travel by car more than 50 miles this weekend. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources will also be monitoring waterways on the unofficial start of summer.

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Winn Holt Elementary's first and only principal retires

Principal Jim Curtiss, who opened Winn Holt Elementary in 2004 finished his last day of school on Thursday and is beginning his retirement.

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Last of 10 Griswold kids set to graduate from Shiloh

The last of 10 kids in the same family graduates from Shiloh High this week. There has been one or more Griswolds at Shiloh High for 26 years.

Georgia Gwinnett College adds a 14th baccalaureate program

Georgia Gwinnett College recently was approved to add a chemistry degree, its 14th baccalaureate program. The announcement comes as GGC prepares to open this summer the new School of Science and Technology laboratory and classroom space in the soon-to-open Allied Health and Sciences building.

Providence Christian receives STEM certification

Providence Christian Academy recently received national certification for its first-year STEM education program.

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Gwinnett Tech hires development director

Gwinnett Technical College has hired an executive director of institutional development who has experience working in Gwinnett and north Georgia.

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Incumbent Dan Seckinger wins School Board race

Dan Seckinger competed against Ileana McCaigue, 59, an occupational therapist and wellness consultant, and 68-year-old Leon T. Hobbs, a federal labor arbitrator who has served as a school district superintendent in Osceola County, Fla.

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Crowded state school superintendent field leads to runoffs

Fifteen candidates, nine Republicans and six Democrats squared off in Tuesday’s primary to take the first step to be Georgia’s next State School Superintendent. The crowded field led to a runoff in July.

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In state House, Brown wins 98th, Hamilton secures Dem primary

Michael Brown and David Hancock squared off in the state House district 98 race on Tuesday, while Renita Hamilton and Tim Hur battled for House district 105.

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Interim title removed, Preczewski named president at Georgia Gwinnett College

University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby announced on Tuesday that the Board of Regents has approved his recommendation to name Stas Preczewski, currently the interim president, the new permanent president of Georgia Gwinnett College.

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Peachtree Ridge senior's personality, grades make him popular with classmates, teachers

With an affable personality and high grade point average, Peachtree Ridge senior Joe Chandler, who was diagnosed at birth with cerebral palsy, is popular with students and teachers alike at school. He plays for the Gwinnett Heat Adapted Sports teams and was recently named Peachtree Ridge’s Outstanding Male Senior Athlete.

GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Lanier, South Gwinnett take home awards in Clear Air competition

The Gwinnett Rotary Club recently invited the local winners of the Georgia Rotary Laws of Life essay contests from Peachtree Ridge and Berkmar, two schools the club sponsors.

Delays continue in plan for stop-arm cameras on Gwinnett school buses

Delays continue in the plan to install stop-arm cameras on Gwinnett County Public Schools buses. District officials said they aren’t holding up the contract with Redflex Traffic Systems.

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Gwinnett schools' class of 2014 known for intellectual curiosity

The largest graduating classes are Brookwood High (802), Mill Creek High (800) and Peachtree Ridge (758) as the Class of 2014 counts 10,854 students.

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Harris Elementary puts on mini-Relay for Life event

Harris Elementary students held a mini-Relay for Life event at their school on Friday to recognize the fight against cancer, and celebrate fifth-grader Vanessa Gissell, who recently battled sickle cell and had some of the same treatments as cancer patients.

Gwinnett County Public Schools employees to receive one-time bonus

Gwinnett County Public Schools on Thursday announced a one-time bonus for all full-time, benefited employees that is the equivalent of two days’ pay for each employee.

Activist groups rally against Gwinnett schools

Gwinnett schools adopts $1.86B fiscal year 2015 budget

At issue is what the groups call discrimination by the school district involving race, national origin and disability by subjecting them to different treatment through the establishment of different performance targets.

Greater Atlanta Christian School founding president Jesse Long dies at 81

Greater Atlanta Christian’s founding President and current Chancellor Jesse Long passed away Thursday morning at age 81 after an extended illness.

BOE hears how intervention program helps at-risk middle schoolers

Gwinnett County Schools officials discussed intervention programs for at-risk students in middle schools at a workshop session on Thursday.

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9 Republicans, 6 Democrats vying to be State School Superintendent

Fifteen candidates are competing to be elected the next Georgia State School Superintendent, as nine Republicans and six Democrats have qualified.

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South Gwinnett, GCPS hosts Broad Prize researchers

Representatives from the Broad Prize are visiting Gwinnett this week for a review of GCPS, which is a finalist for a national education prize.

U.S. DOE investigating Gwinnett schools for possible discrimination

The U.S. Department of Education is investigating Gwinnett County Public Schools for possible discrimination against black, Hispanic and English language learner students.

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Gwinnett Rotary scholarship recipient from UGA speaks to local club

A University of Georgia student from Pakistan, who was part of the Georgia Rotary Student Program as selected by the Gwinnett Rotary, spoke to the local chapter on Tuesday.

Centerville Elementary reports copper theft

Industrial strength ventilation fans are in the cafeteria of Centerville Elementary following a copper theft last week of the school’s HVAC system.