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Saving Main Street: Powder Springs latest town seeking reinvention

Once a Victorian resort town known for its restorative waters, Powder Springs is struggling. A bookstore, consignment shop and florist anchor the downtown, while many of the red brick storefronts stand empty. New restaurants come and go. The Country Store of Seven Springs, housed in a white clapboard building believed to date back to the presidency of Andrew Jackson, has been closed since 2012, its iconic Coca-Cola advertisement slowly fading in the Georgia sun. “I love Powder Springs,” said Mayor Al Thurman. “I love the quaintness. But the fact of the matter is, if we don’t change with time, we’re really going to be left behind.” The city, led by the mayor and a revived downtown development authority, is spearheading an ambitious new project officials hope can emulate the successes of Woodstock, Suwanee and Duluth — small and medium-sized cities that were able to inject new life into their downtowns…

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Gwinnett BOC renews inmate housing agreement with Georgia corrections department

Gwinnett news Gwinnett County’s prison will remain the home of as many as 222 state inmates while they serve out sentences for crimes they’ve been found guilty of committing. County commissioners approved an intergovernmental agreement with the Georgia Department of Corrections to house the inmates in the Gwinnett County Comprehensive Correctional Complex until June 30, 2018. Prison warden Darrell Johnson said the agreement was one the county and state agree to each year to house the inmates in the county. The agreement comes about a month after county officials agreed to house more inmates for the state. “This number includes the 64 inmates that were voted on and approved by the (Board of Commissioners) back on April 18,” Johnson told commissioners. In exchange for having the county house the inmates, the Georgia Department of Corrections will pay Gwinnett county $20 per inmate for each day that they are housed in…

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Atlanta photographer suing real estate agency after homeowner shoots him

When Atlanta photographer Whitney Morris entered a woman’s home on Feb. 2 for what was supposed to be a scheduled photography session of the home, he was not expecting to get shot, and the woman was not expecting him to be there. Now, he’s suing Buford-based Real Estate Expert Advisors and one of its employees for allegedly failing to notify the homeowner that he was coming to take pictures. He’s also suing the homeowner for her failure to “act as a reasonable person would under the circumstances.” According to the suit, which was obtained by the Daily Post, the homeowner, Belinda Brooks, first hired Real Estate Expert Advisors to sell her home, which is located in Winston in Douglas County. In turn, the real estate agency hired Advantage Home Tours — the company that Morris worked for — to take photos of the home on Feb. 1 for a website…

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Body found in pond in Gwinnett County

(Source: Resident) (Source: Resident) GWINNETT COUNTY, GA (CBS46) – A body was found in a pond near a Gwinnett County apartment complex Saturday. The body was found near the Durant at Sugarloaf Apartments in the 50 block of Marlowe Drive. Police have identified the deceased as 34 year-old Derek Oxford of Lawrenceville. He was reported missing by his girlfriend on February 23. After an initial examination by the Medical Examiner’s office, officials say there are no obvious signs of suspicious activity or trauma, with no need for a criminal investigation. Copyright 2018 WGCL-TV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved. Play Video Play Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% Remaining Time -0:00 This is a modal window. Foreground — White Black Red Green Blue Yellow Magenta Cyan — Opaque Semi-Opaque Background — White Black Red Green Blue Yellow Magenta Cyan — Opaque Semi-Transparent Transparent Window — White Black Red Green Blue Yellow Magenta Cyan…

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$10 Vaccines For Your Pets On Sunday At Vaccine Clinic

GWINNETT COUNTY, GA — A Vaccine Clinic will be held Sunday, March 25, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds at 2405 Suglarloaf Parkway in Lawrenceville. The vaccine clinic offers dhpp (dog), lepto (dog), fvrcp (cat), rabies, strongid (cats and dogs), canine influenza and bordatella (cats and dogs) for $10 each (cash only). The also offer micro-chipping for $25. Have your dog on a leash and your cat in a carrier. Proceeds benefit the Society of Humane Friends of Georgia and Operation Second Chance. The event supports the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Jail Dogs/Cats program and saves money at the same time. As part of the program, an inmate of the Gwinnett County Jail, Shane Hawkins has become an expert dog trainer and an author, according to the sheriff’s office Facebook page. (Sign up for Patch real-time email alerts for the latest news in Lawrenceville — or…

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Buy from Georgia initiative announced at ribbon cutting for Georgia Manufacturing Alliance’s new office

Pictured is the ribbon cutting at the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance’s new headquarters in Lawrenceville. Photo special to the MDJ. Over 70 people came to celebrate the ribbon cutting at the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance’s (GMA) new headquarters in Lawrenceville. GMA members, Gwinnett Chamber and Gwinnett County representatives came to show support for an organization that has been supporting the manufacturing community statewide since 2008. “Over the past 10 years, we have built a solid foundation of leaders statewide that will be able to support the imminent growth of manufacturing in Georgia,” said Jason Moss, founder and CEO of the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance. “We are excited about what the future holds for our members and the manufacturing community in our state.” Moss welcomed the guests with an announcement that the BuyFromGeorgia.com website has been redesigned to highlight over 1,000 Georgia made products that can be purchased via Amazon. The refreshments at the…

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30 Retail Job Openings In Gwinnett Area

GWINNETT COUNTY, GA — Businesses across the region are looking for new employees and Patch has partnered with ZipRecruiter to provide you with our searchable jobs board. Here are some recent job postings in Loganville. See hundreds of openings at our Patch jobs board. The Retail Merchandiser is a part-time position that performs service work in the Hallmark department of various retail stores such as grocery stores, drug stores, department stores and mass … You will be responsible for selling products, merchandise, and services in a retail setting in order to drive company revenue. Responsibilities: * Welcome and identify customer needs * Explain … Retail Sales Type of Job: Full-Time and Part-Time Days of the Week: Standard Retail Schedule (evenings/weekends) Help us help our customers realize their dreams of a beautiful home! Join The #1 … Great environment without the retail hours! We are the best at getting better and…

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LSU president plans changes after death of Roswell freshman

Any future hazing incidents at Louisiana State University will result in groups being removed from campus and expulsion, LSU President F. King Alexander said Wednesday. Alexander’s announcement of changes came just over six months after alleged hazing killed a Roswell freshman. Max Gruver, 18, died in September following an incident at LSU’s Phi Delta Theta fraternity. At the time of his death, Gruver had an alcohol level of .495 percent — more than six times the legal limit for drivers. + Max Gruver (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Last week, LSU’s Task Force on Greek Life released its findings following a study that began in September. King approved all of the task force’s recommendations, which also included giving university leaders access to events at Greek houses. Gruver’s parents were also involved in the task force’s research. “We are committed to real change, and I believe our students, staff, and faculty stand behind…

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2 Ex-Gwinnett Cops Indicted In Driver Brutality Case

GWINNETT COUNTY, GA — Two ex-Gwinnett County police officers were indicted Wednesday, after being arrested last April for punching and kicking a handcuffed driver. Former Gwinnett police officers Michael Bongiovanni and Robert McDonald are now facing charges including violation of oath of office, battery and aggravated assault, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. An indictment is a formal, written statement framed by a prosecuting authority and found by a jury, such as a grand jury, charging a person with an offense. In April 2017, Patch reported Gwinnett County Solicitor-General Rosanna Szabo announced that 63 cases in Gwinnett County Recorder’s Court and 26 cases in Gwinnett County State Court have been dismissed. In each of those cases, either Master Police Officer Robert McDonald or Sgt. Michael Bongiovanni was the principal officer or a necessary witness. Both officers were fired after videos surfaced showing them striking and kicking Demetrius Hollins during a traffic…

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New Playgrounds To Be Added To 2 Gwinnett County Parks

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – Two Gwinnett County parks will soon get new playground equipment and improved handicap-accessibility under a new SPLOST-funded $750,192 contract approved by commissioners on Tuesday. Landscape Structures Inc. was the low responsive bidder to remove and replace playground equipment and surfaces at George Pierce Park in Suwanee and Mountain Park Park in Lilburn. “As always, we’re grateful to voters for their ongoing support of the SPLOST programs that are making these park upgrades possible,” said District 1 Commissioner Jace Brooks. “This new playground equipment will let all kids visiting George Pierce Park enjoy a playground designed for universal access.” Located near the pond and pavilion, it will feature a net climbing tower with flexible platforms, a tightrope and other balance activities, a multi-person seesaw, a multi-person spinner and a small climbing dome. An area for toddlers includes a small sand table, slide and climber plus a track and…