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Meghan Kotowski

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Peachtree Corners gearing up for holiday parade

The city hosts its inaugural event on The Corners Parkway

For the first time, Gwinnett’s newest city hosts a parade to kick off the Christmas season.

THE DISH: Wok Rock

This Duluth restaurant serves bother authentic and Americanized Chinese food.

Author, cast of 'Book Thief' talk to GDP

Sophie Nelisse, Markus Zusak, Brian Percival stop by Atlanta

The three talked about the story, characters and more while in Atlanta for a press stop.

Former Snellville resident a part of Disney's 'Frozen'

Mitchell Snary was an artist for the Look Development Department

Mitchell Snary was part of the new animation flick, which releases Nov. 27.

Snow Mountain ready for winter tubing

Stone Mountain Park opens its holiday attraction Nov. 25

The chilly winter attraction at Stone Mountain Park runs through Feb. 17 with rides, games and food.

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Georgia Gwinnett College student reported missing, later found safe

Michelle Aliev’s parents reported her missing

Michelle Aliev was reported missing from Lawrenceville on Wednesday.

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Comic books to raise money for animal nonprofit

“Hero Cats” to benefit Planned PEThood

The owner of Galactic Quest is hosting a fundraiser for Planned PEThood at the Suwanee location of Twisted Taco.

Animal shelter given $5K in donations

In 2013, Gwinnett’s Animal Welfare and Enforcement Center received the funds

Throughout the year, the Gwinnett’s Animal Welfare and Enforcement Center took in the funds, which goes toward several programs in the shelter.

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Local resident, Alaska native paint Lilburn mural

Lilburn resident Sonny Franks and Anchorage, Alaska, native Chris Shuster recently completed the Tunnel Bridge Mural.

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Lawrenceville tree lighting on Thanksgiving

This is the city’s 26th year with the tradition

Per tradition, the annual event is held on the lawn of the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse on Nov. 28.

Gwinnett's Habitat group to be recognized

The nonprofit is winning a coveted award

The nonprofit will be presented with the Malachi 3:10 Award from Habitat for Humanity International Nov. 18.

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Alleged Lawrenceville shooter kills self

Ohave Whitfield shoots himself with female driver in the car. He is accused of a birthday party double shooting in Lawrenceville.

Norcross dog park receives $2k grant

Funds will go to improvements at the park

Pinckneyville Dog Park has been chosen to receive a $2,000 grant for enhancements from the The Nutro Company.

Norcross woman wins $266K in lottery

She bought the ticket at Shell Square

Cathryn Hodge matched all five numbers on a Fantasy 5 Quik Pik ticket.

Repticon to return to Lawrenceville

This is the expo’s final Gwinnett stop until 2014

The two-day reptile and exotic animal expo will be at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds Nov. 16-17.

Magical Nights of Lights returns at Lake Lanier

The resort presents holiday themed lights

The holiday activitity is open from Nov. 15 to Dec. 31 with lights, Santa Claus, a Live Nativity and more.

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English, Spanish workshops offered at Hudgens Center

Maria Sarmiento and Jose Pena lead the classes

The classes are available Nov. 16 and Dec. 7 at the Duluth venue.

Eastside Chamber to host chili cookoff

Funds raised benefit residents in Grayson, Snellville, Loganville

The annual tradition to be held in Grayson City Park Nov. 16.

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Jarrod Harris to headline Aurora Comedy Nights

This isn’t his first time performing in Lawrenceville

He will be joined by two other comedians on stage Nov. 15-16.

Pet Expo to come to Duluth for one-day event

Gwinnett Convention Center is for pets this weekend

The event is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. “Pit Boss” Shorty Rossi will be on site signing autographs and taking photos.

Accident jams 316 east, State Route 20

A three car accident has congested traffic in the area.

Community and Southern Bank to pay for meals

It is buying the first $500 worth of food at three locations

To celebrate being the new neighbors in three cities of Gwinnett, the bank is hosting three Small Business and Community Appreciation events in each city.

Arctic blast to bring cooler temps to Gwinnett, region

Winter weather is on the way

There is a cold front coming through the metro Atlanta area Tuesday night through Wednesday morning. It is suggested to bring in plants as needed.

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Loganville church celebrates 100 years

Corinth Baptist Church looks back at the past century

Corinth Baptist Church’s century celebrate is Nov. 10 at the church with guest speakers, PowerPoint and potluck lunch.

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Lawrenceville to observe 'Day of Honor'

The annual event honors veterans of all branches of the military

The event is held at the Lawrenceville Visitors Center in downtown on Nov. 11, Veterans Day.

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Aurora Theatre wins 7 Suzis

One of the awards included Best Musical

The Lawrenceville venue won five awards for its most successful production to date, “Les Miserables.”

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GEHC seeks entries for annual sustainable gingerbread contest

Houses are made of edible materials to “highlight sustainability and green building design”

Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center hosts its fourth annual Sustainable Gingerbread House Competition and Exhibit.

Day of Hope Foundation to host free event

The nonprofit will have party in Lawrecnceville

The event is on the lawn of the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse from noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 9.

Stone Mountain Park gearing up for Christmas

The park has hung thousands of lights for event

The park will be celebrating the holidays through Jan. 1 with lights, shows and parades.

2013 Veterans Day events in Gwinnett

There are four events in the county

On Nov. 10 and 11, there are four events to honor veterans in 2013.

THE DISH: Lucky Dog

This Suwanee eatery serves Chicago style cuisine.

Live Arts Theatre to open 'Greater Tuna'

The play follows 20 character in Tuna, Texas — the state’s third smallest town.

Wild Bill's to celebrate 10 year anniversary

The Duluth venue is throwing a two-day party

Bill Gentry and Joe Nichols headline the two-day Birthday Fest Nov. 8 and 9 in Duluth.

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Veterans honored at Delmar Gardens

Crossroads Hospice’s Veteran’s Recognition Program came to Lawrenceville

Through the month of November, Crossroads Hospice’s Veteran’s Recognition Program honoring veteran patients and veterans in the community.

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Sponsors recognized at Great Days luncheon

Those who helped organize the two-day event were recognized

Several sponsors were thanked for their hard work during the annual Great Days of Service two-day event, which was held in the beginning of October.

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Jenkins takes Post 4 in Grayson by 20 votes

After months of campaigning and 12 hours of voting, the residents of Grayson choose Linda Jenkins to the position of Post 4 for the city council.

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Roche, Troutman in runoff for Lawrenceville council seat

Four candidates campaigned for Post 4 in Lawrenceville on Nov. 5. Keith Roche and Larry Troutman were too close in votes to announce a winner.

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Author Sonia Nazario to speak at Norcross High

The the best-selling and Pulitzer Prize winning author will discuss her book “Enrique’s Journey”

She is speaking for the Gwinnett County Public Library’s series “Meet the Author” on Nov. 6.

H.O.P.E. Inc. is top-rated by community

The organization is a 2013 top-rated nonprofit by GreatNonprofits due to the large number of positive reviews that H.O.P.E, Inc. received.

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Cat owners primp felines for competition at Gwinnett Center

Cats from around the U.S. traveled for the 75th annual Cotton States Cat Show

The two-day event attracts feline fanatics to the Convention Center at Gwinnett Center.

Mobile bus to stop by Snellville, Lawrenceville libraries

As part of the GCPL’s JobSmart program, Atlanta Regional Workforce Board’s Mobile Career Lab visits the Centerville branch and the Lawrenceville branch Nov. 7.

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Parents charged with murder after girl's body found in trash

The father and stepmother of a 10-year-old girl were charged with murder after the burned body of the girl was found in a trash can outside a Lawrenceville apartment.

Arena at Gwinnett Center announces two new events

Professional Bull Riders and Harlem Globetrotters to come in 2014

Professional Bull Riders and Harlem Globetrotters plan to visit the Duluth venue un 2014.

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Gwinnett Ballet Theatre’s photographer to be featured in N.Y. exhibit

Richard Calmes’ images will be featured in an exhibit at The National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

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Stone Mountain Park hosts Indian Festival, students

Children, adults learn about Native American culture

Thousands turned out to learn more about Native American culture at the annual event. The festival runs through Nov. 3.

'Les Mis' part of Aurora's Swing Nights

The Lawrenceville theater is hosting its Swing Nights, featuring two performers from “Les Miserables” on Nov. 2.

Amateur radio operators to gather for two-day festival

The Alford Memorial Radio Club hosts its 42nd annual Stone Mountain Hamfest — in Lawrenceville.

Atlanta group Dad's Garage coming to Lawrenceville

The group performs three nights at the Aurora Theatre with improv comedy.

Cat competition returns to Duluth for jubilee

Cotton States Cat Show celebrates its 75th anniversary at the Convention Center at Gwinnett Center Nov. 2 and 3.

Plays to open in Norcross, Snellville

This weekend, “Mort” opens at Lionheart Theatre while “Death of a Salesman” opens at New London Theatre.