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Keith Farner

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Providence Christian Academy names new principal

Providence Christian Academy named removed the interim principal label from Ken Hunsberger’s title as he was the consensus choice of a search committee.

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Gov. Deal appoints meteorologists, officials to weather task force

Gov. Nathan Deal announced a severe weather task force less than a week after a winter storm stranded thousands of motorists on interstates around Atlanta.

Suwanee to offer Citizens Police Academy

The Suwanee Police Department will offer its Citizens Police Academy from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday evenings beginning Feb. 18 at the Police Training Center at 2966 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road.

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GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Hull Middle wins academic bowl

Hull Middle School, coached by Teresa Hawkins, is the 2014 PAGE Academic Bowl for Middle Grades state champion, as the competition celebrates its 30th anniversary season.

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Lawrenceville fifth-grader receives letter from President Obama

A fifth-grader from Lawrenceville Elementary lost an election for school council president, wrote Barack Obama for advice, and received a letter back from the White House.

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Collins Hill assistant band director to perform at Super Bowl

A Collins Hill High assistant band director will perform a trumpet solo as part of the Super Bowl pre-game show on Sunday.

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Gen. Beauregard Lee ready for Groundhog Day

The Yellow River Game Ranch’s mascot Gen. Beauregard Lee is preparing himself for the big day. Not the Super Bowl — Groundhog Day.

Smooth return for Gwinnett schools

Gwinnett County Public Schools officials reported a smooth return to school on Friday after two snow days.

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Gwinnett schools to re-open on Friday

Gwinnett County Public Schools will be open on Friday as principals have worked with maintenance personnel to check facilities and surrounding areas making sure all is set to welcome students.

Despite snow days, GAC students learn in cyber school

Greater Atlanta Christian School was closed on Wednesday and Thursday but school is still in session as students used a web-based communication portal to access assignments from wherever they are and communicate directly with their teachers.

Gwinnett animal shelter to be part of $100K challenge

The Gwinnett County Animal Welfare & Enforcement Services has been officially announced as a challenger in The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Rachael Ray $100,000 Challenge.

Metro Atlanta jobless rate drops to 6.8 percent

Metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate decreased to 6.8 percent in December, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 7.0 percent in November.

Gwinnett Couny Public Schools closed Thursday

There will be no school for the GCPS system on Thursday.

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Despite weather, GCPS officials satisfied with closing decisions

Gwinnett County Public Schools officials said buses were delayed in delivering students at home on Tuesday because of the inclement weather, but everyone arrived home safely, and many on time.

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Kids, adults find ways to enjoy snow

Wintry precipitation arrived in the Gwinnett area around lunch time on Tuesday as several area schools made decisions about after-school activities and plans for Wednesday.

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Snow arrives in Gwinnett

Snow arrived in Gwinnett early this afternoon as grassy areas showed accumulation and transportation officials cautioned motorists to watch for black ice.

WEATHER WATCH: Cancellations and closings

The winter storm approaching the Gwinnett area has caused several schools to close early today and on Wednesday.

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National society honors Osborne Middle teacher

The National Art Honor Society named Osborne Middle’s Dallas Gillespie as National Junior Art Honor Society Sponsor of the Year.

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Shooting near Gwinnett school leaves 1 dead, 2 injured

Lawrenceville Police responded to a fatal shooting near Phoenix High School Monday afternoon where two other people were injured.

Tickets on sale next week for Suwanee Beer Fest

Tickets go on sale next week for the fourth annual Suwanee American Craft Beer Fest.

GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Lanier High students win mobile app challenge

Students from Lanier High in Buford were named Georgia’s winner of the Verizon Innovative App Challenge, a national competition in which students develop a mobile application concept that addresses a need or problem in their local schools or communities.

Meeting scheduled about Simpsonwood Retreat Center land

A meeting is scheduled on Monday to discuss the future of land once owned by Ludie Simpson, but now known as the Simpsonwood Retreat Center in Peachtree Corners.

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Nearly 200 volunteers help at Chipper event

Nearly 200 volunteers turned out on Saturday morning for Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful’s annual “Bring one for the Chipper” event to recycle live Christmas trees at Bethesday Park in Lawrenceville.

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Atlanta Braves Caravan visits Snellville

Several Atlanta Braves and coaches visited the Academy Sports + Outdoors in Snellville on Friday to meet with fans and sign autographs in their annual tour through Braves Country.

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Former NFL player talks leadership at Mill Creek

Mill Creek High held a leadership seminar on Thursday with guest speaker former NFL player Keith Nord.

Tannery Row to host high school art exhibit

The Tannery Row Artist Colony is hosting the third annual High School Art Exhibit from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Ga. unemployment drops to 7.4 percent

Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 7.4 percent in December, down two-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 7.6 percent in November.

Creekland Middle to host cyber-bullying session

The Gwinnett Neighborhood Leadership Institute students are hosting an informational session for parents on teen cyber-bullying at Creekland Middle School next month.

GCVB Board approves mixed-use plans around Coolray

The Gwinnett Convention and Visitors Bureau at Board of Directors’ meeting on Wednesday approved plans to move forward with the mixed-use project around Coolray Field.

Businessman gives $800K to Annandale Village

Annandale Village in Suwanee has received an $800,000 gift from a Thomaston businessman toward its capital campaign.

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Flu has caused nine deaths in Gwinnett since Oct. 1

Nine people in Gwinnett have died because of the flu since Oct. 1, and it’s widespread across Georgia.

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Gwinnett Tech names Instructor of the Year

Gwinnett Technical College names 2014 Instructor of the Year, a program director for the Information Security Specialist program.

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Gwinnett students mark 100 days

Kindergarten and first grade students throughout Gwinnett County celebrated the 100 days of school mark on Tuesday by making various arts and crafts centered around 100.

GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Georgia 4-H launches radio promotion campaign

The Georgia 4-H program has begun a radio promotion campaign on Cumulus radio stations in the Atlanta market.

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Grayson DDA incubator welcomes first client

The Grayson Downtown Development Authority has welcomed its first client to its business incubator.

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Moore Middle displays students' MLK art from across Gwinnett

Artwork made by students across Gwinnett County Public Schools will be displayed at Moore Middle on Monday at the end of the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. parade that begins in downtown Lawrenceville.

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Suwanee approves plan to annex North Gwinnett High

The Suwanee City Council has approved plans to move forward with an annexation of North Gwinnett High School into the city limits.

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Internet exchange project connects GGC, Chinese students

An Internet-based exchange project connects Georgia Gwinnett College and Chinese students.

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GGC installs permanent art collection

Several art appreciation students have made a creative, permanent mark on Georgia Gwinnett College, thanks to one faculty member’s efforts to instill in her students a genuine love for art.

Gwinnett Tech earns digital marketing awards

Gwinnett Tech earns education digital marketing awards from a national program which recognizes the best educational websites, digital content, electronic communications, mobile media and social media.

Student suspended for hugging teacher appeals to school board

An attorney representing a Duluth High senior who was suspended for the rest of the school year last month for violating the district’s sexual harassment policy appealed to the Gwinnett School Board on Thursday to reverse the decision.

New principals at Lanier High, Bay Creek Middle

The school board approved new principals at Lanier High and Bay Creek Middle.

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BOE approves Superintendent Wilbanks' contract extension

The Gwinnett County Board of Education approved a contract extension for Gwinnett County Public Schools CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks at a regular board meeting on Thursday.

GCPS projects to top 180K students in 5 years

Growth is expected to continue in Gwinnett County Public Schools as officials project more than 3,000 more students next year, and more than 180,000 in five years.

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Gwinnett Tech sees record enrollment

Gwinnett Technical College reported on Thursday a 7.4 percent increase in enrollment for the fall semester to bring the school to an all-time high of 7,180 students.

Deal proposes nearly $8 billion for K-12 education

In his State of the State speech on Wednesday, Gov. Nathan Deal proposes the largest jump in K-12 education funding in seven years.

Common Core discussion reaches Gold Dome

As education is discussed in the General Assembly, one of the most talked-about issues is Common Core.

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GGC hires first student to police force

Georgia Gwinnett College has hired its first student to the campus police force.

State budget expected to include more money for K-12 education

Gov. Nathan Deal is expected to boost funding for K-12 education on Wednesday when he unveils his budget during a State of the State address.

Gwinnett homeowners targeted in elderly scam

Five people indicted for scam targeting elderly homeowners.