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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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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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Why Gwinnett County Multifamily May Have More Future Upset

The Reserve at Gwinnett, a 370-unit apartment property located in Norcross, GA, has traded hands. ATLANTA— The Reserve at Gwinnett, a 370-unit apartment property located in Norcross, GA, has traded hands. The sale price: $51 million. To continue reading, become a free ALM digital reader. Benefits include: Unlimited access to GlobeSt.com and other free ALM publications Access to 15 years of GlobeSt.com archives Your choice of GlobeSt.com digital newsletters and over 70 others from popular sister publications 5 free articles across the ALM subscription network every 30 days Exclusive discounts on ALM events and publications *May exclude premium content Source Article

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Gwinnett County News

The news out of Gwinnett County has painted a rosy picture of a community that has its eyes set firmly on the future. this is a community where each and every person seems to be pulling together to make a brighter start to the new year. 2018 seems to be a year that will see this wonderful part of the U.S. become a shining beacon for the rest of the country to follow. Take for example the latest donation to The Good Samaritan Clinic of Gwinnett. The $20,000 it received from the Jackson EMC is only one example of how the community is coming together to make the lives of those less fortunate better than ever before. Money which will be used to purchase dental equipment is only the tip of the iceberg of generosity that is sure to make this festive season truly one of goodwill. there’s also a…