Steve Flynt, GCPS' Associate Superintendent for School improvement and Operations, has been chosen to be the new superintendent of the Columbia County School District, which is just north of Augusta.
These are the top stories from the past week.
GCPS' Steve Flynt leaving this spring to become Columbia County School District superintendent
For the second time in less than six months, a high-ranking Gwinnett County Public Schools official is leaving the district to become the superintendent of another school system, and this time it’s the district’s COVID-19 response point man.
Steve Flynt, GCPS’ Associate Superintendent for School improvement and Operations, has been chosen to be the new superintendent of the Columbia County School District, which is just north of Augusta. He will begin his new job this summer.
Gwinnett County lawmaker booted from Georgia House floor for refusing COVID-19 test
ATLANTA - State Rep. David Clark, R-Buford, said he will not be forced to take "any unnecessary medical test" after Georgia House Speaker David Ralston ejected him from the House floor Tuesday for refusing to take a COVID-19 test.
Clark hasn’t taken a single test for the virus since the 2021 General Assembly convened on Jan. 11, a violation of rules the House adopted at the start of the session, said Kaleb McMichen, Ralston’s spokesman. The rule requires lawmakers to undergo testing twice a week, whether or not they are at the Georgia Capitol.
State data shows Gwinnett County leads Georgia in total new COVID-19 cases
Gwinnett County led the state of Georgia on Friday in an area where it probably doesn’t want to be in the lead.
It had the state’s highest two-week total number of new COVID-19 cases, although its large population meant it had the sixth-highest two-week incidence rate, according to the state’s online COVID-19 tracking portal.
Gwinnett Elections Board Chairwoman Alice O'Lenick under fire again for Facebook comment on early voting
Gwinnett County Board of Elections and Registrations Chairwoman Alice O’Lenick is under fire again for her opinions on elections after she suggested ending early voting if no excuse absentee voting is not ended in Georgia.
The new controversy emerged after the Daily Post put a link to an article about Lt. Geoff Duncan expressing opposition to ending No Excuse absentee voting on its Facebook page. O’Lenick previously said, during a Gwinnett Republican Party meeting, that she wanted no excuse absentee voting ended except for seniors and sick people.
Gwinnett County man who was a former law enforcement officer headed to prison for making fake IDs, credit cards
ATLANTA – A Gwinnett County man has been sentenced to two years and six months in prison for running a fake credit card and ID lab.
Claude Goines,35, of Lilburn manufactured fraudulent credit cards and driver’s licenses while on a work release program related to an earlier fraud conviction.
Gwinnett commissioners to meet — as county's Urban Redevelopment Board — to vote on issuing bonds for Gwinnett Place Mall purchase
Gwinnett County commissioners will put on their other hats — as the county’s Urban Redevelopment Agency board — and vote Tuesday on whether to issue bonds to buy Gwinnett Place Mall.
The bonds will be used to finance the purchase 39.06 acres of the mall property from Moonbeam Capital Investments.
Gwinnett police arrest suspect in murder that prompted Georgia Gwinnett College lockdown
A man who police allege fatally shot a pest control worker at an apartment complex near Georgia Gwinnett College, which caused the campus to temporarily go on lockdown on Thursday, is facing multiple charges, including felony murder.
Gwinnett County police Cpl. Collin Flynn said Roceam Wilson, 26, was arrested for the murder of Lawrenceville resident Bradley Jordan, 23. Wilson, who police said was homeless, has been charged with aggravated assault, felony murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
Lawrenceville police will begin public education on parking rules in February, enforcement begins March 1
Lawrenceville police are planning to begin the first steps in a parking enforcement effort designed to curb illegal parking in the city starting Monday.
A two-part public campaign that includes both awareness and public education in an effort to increase public safety is the first step in the effort. That part begins Monday, but it's really just the beginning.
Gwinnett Sheriff's Office Jail Dogs program reaches milestone with 1,000th pet adoption
A program the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office has offered for a decade to help rescue dogs feel a sense of love while also teaching responsibility to jail inmates hit a milestone over the weekend.
The Jail Dogs reached its 1,000th dog adoption amid a handful of adoptions from the program that occurred on Saturday. Officially, the total number of dogs adopted through the program has hit 1,001 as of Monday, according to Deputy Cody Walker, who has overseen the program for the last three years.
Gwinnett Police looking for Atlanta man accused of calling in fake bomb threat against Smoothie King owned by ex-wife
Gwinnett County police are looking for an Atlanta man who called in a fake bomb threat, claiming someone was trying to blow up a Smoothie King in Duluth, on the day of President Joe Biden’s inauguration.
Cpl. Collin Flynn said Joshua Stone, 43, allegedly called 911 on Jan. 20 and claimed to be in New York and watching a man with a bomb on video surveillance. Stone is accused of telling dispatchers that the man on the video was threatening to blow up the Smoothie King, which is located at 6575 Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth and owned by Stone’s ex-wife.
Local education leaders, U.S. Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux calling on Gov. Brian Kemp, President Joe Biden to prioritize teachers in vaccine rollout
Both superintendents who oversee schools in Gwinnett County are among the 11 metro Atlanta school chiefs who are asking Gov. Brian Kemp to move up the place of teachers and school system staff in the COVID-19 vaccine roll out.
Gwinnett County Public Schools Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks and Buford City Schools Superintendent Robert Downs were among the Metro Regional Education Service Agency leaders who sent a letter to Kemp asking him to move educators from Phase IB of the vaccine rollout to Phase 1A. Wilbanks and other superintendents were set to meet with Kemp virtually late Wednesday morning.
City of Snellville buys former Post Office building, making way for The Grove at Towne Center development
Snellville’s Downtown Development Authority has officially acquired the former U.S. Post Office building on Oak Road. City officials said it s the final piece of property needed in what will become The Grove at Towne Center.
City officials said the nearly 40-year-old building, located at the corner of Oak and North roads, will be demolished to make way for 250 multi-family luxury apartments and a 749-space parking deck later this year.
The Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office released its "Wanted In Gwinnett" list this week, and is looking for the following six individuals.
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