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…


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…


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….


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,…


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…


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…


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…


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…


$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…


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 website has been redesigned to highlight over 1,000 Georgia made products that can be purchased via Amazon. The refreshments at the…