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Oconee State Bank announces new Gwinnett County team

Oconee State Bank recently announced it hired, from left, Josh Osborne, Deborah Worley and Mike Fulton to work in its new Gwinnett County office. (Special Photo) Oconee State Bank announced this week that it has hired a team of lenders to build its presence in Gwinnett County, which it sees as a fast-growing market. Mike Fulton, Josh Osborne and Deborah Worley will work out of the bank’s new office in the Sugarloaf Parkway area near Duluth. Fulton and Osborne will be the Gwinnett County market leaders while Worley will be a commercial loan specialist. “At Oconee State, we are building around top people and exceptional talent, and the opportunity to have Mike, Josh and Deborah join us was too good to pass up,” Oconee State Bank President and CEO Neil Stevens said in a statement. “Gwinnett County is a community where we already have customers, is close to our geographic…

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Why Employers Call Gwinnett Place Home

On a brisk afternoon last January, Kaiser Permanente’s plan to bring 800 jobs to Gwinnett County moved closer to reality with the opening of its new facility at Gwinnett Place. Nearly 300 people have already been hired to work in Gwinnett, but company officials expect the national member services facility will be fully staffed by 2020. Kaiser Permanente’s presence within the boundaries of the Gwinnett Place Community Improvement District highlights the CID’s economic impact within Gwinnett County. While the CID only comprises 1% of the county’s land area, it is responsible for $9.5B in annual economic revenue. This economic success, combined with a growing inventory of Class-A offices and an increase in well-educated millennials, has caused the CID to become a hot spot for companies looking to capitalize on Gwinnett Place’s demographics and suburban location near Atlanta. The Gwinnett Place Area is among Gwinnett County’s densest employment centers, with an…

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Gwinnett County holding dual language elections | Miami Herald

Gwinnett County is holding elections in both English and Spanish as early voting for Georgia’s May 22 primary elections begins across the state. WABE Radio reports Gwinnett is Georgia’s only county determined by the U.S. Census Bureau to meet the requirement under the Voting Rights Act to provide election materials in both languages. The requirement was triggered in 2016 because more than 5 percent of Gwinnett’s voting population speaks Spanish as a first or only language. Gwinnett County Elections Director Lynn Ledford says all signs, election materials and ballots will be available in both languages. Ledford estimates the county spent about $1 million translating documents and hiring bilingual workers. She says all Gwinnett voters will save time since Spanish-speaking residents will be able to move through the polls faster. Help us deliver journalism that makes a difference in our community. Our journalism takes a lot of time, effort, and hard…

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Annual Outdoor Burning Ban Begins In Gwinnett County

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – The Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services would like to remind residents that a ban on outdoor open burning is in place annually from May 1 through September 30. The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) imposes a ban on outdoor open burning to comply with Federal Clean Air Regulations. During the summer months in Georgia, the ozone in the air we breathe can reach unhealthy levels. The EPD has identified outdoor open burning as a significant contributor of the pollutants that form ozone. Consequently, outdoor open burning in metro Atlanta and larger counties is restricted during the warm-weather season. The safe use of residential grills for outdoor cooking is still allowed and does not require a permit. As always, people should exercise extreme caution when using residential grills or campfires. The use of grills on the balcony of apartment buildings is prohibited year-round under the…

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Mother, son found dead in Gwinnett apartment

NORCROSS, GA – Gwinnett County Police responded to a request for a welfare check at an apartment in the 3300 block of Chelsea Park Lane in Norcross Sunday evening and found the bodies of two people, later identified as 61-year-old Nicola Sramek and her son, 29-year-old James Sramek. Family members had contacted police last Sunday, saying they had not been able to contact their relatives. When officers arrived, they found the victims inside the apartment. Officers said the deaths were treated as suspicious, and homicide detectives responded. According to Gwinnett County Police Corporal Deon Washington, the manner and cause of death will be determined by the Gwinnett County Medical Examiner, as will the approximate length of time the victims were inside the apartment. Neighbors are being urged to come forward with any information related to suspicious activity or sounds that may have come from the apartment over the past week….

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Gwinnett County Gets ‘F’ In Air Quality Grade For Ozone

GWINNETT COUNTY, GA – A new air quality report has determined that Gwinnett County has some of the highest levels of air pollution. The American Lung Association released its "State of the Air 2018" report Wednesday and concluded that ozone pollution overall worsened significantly in America from 2014-2016 compared to its previous report, which looked at 2013-2015. Many cities had more days when ground-level ozone — known as "smog" — reached unhealthy levels, the report said. But it wasn’t all bad news. Most cities reduced their "burden of year-round particle pollution," the report said. Also, fewer cities suffered from more spikes in particle pollution, known as "soot." When it comes to the number of poor ozone days in Gwinnett County, the county received an "F" or failing grade. Many counties across the country received either an INC grade — meaning there was incomplete monitoring data — or a DNC grade,…

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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…