GDP Script/ Top Stories for Sept 26th
Publish Date: Sept 25th
From the Henssler Financial Studio Welcome to the Gwinnett Daily Post Podcast
Today is Tuesday, September 26th, and happy heavenly birthday musician George Chambers.
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I’m Bruce Jenkins and here are your top stories presented by Peggy Slappy Properties.
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Story 1: Gwinnett approves $17 billion transit expansion plan
Gwinnett County commissioners have approved a $17 billion Transit Development Plan, outlining a 12-year expansion of the county's transit system. The plan includes new local and rapid service routes, microtransit, shuttles to and from the airport, and extended service hours. Funding may come from a transportation sales tax or property taxes. Previous transit expansion plans failed in 2019 and 2020. A referendum for a transportation sales tax to fund the new plan may occur in November 2024. If implemented, the plan would expand transit services significantly, with 500 miles of fixed routes, seven-day bus services, and gradual microtransit expansion, benefiting residents and reducing congestion....…..read more at gwinnettdailypost.com
STORY 2: Gwinnett schools preparing for federal COVID recovery aid to end next summer
Gwinnett County Public Schools in Georgia have been receiving federal COVID-19 aid, but Superintendent Calvin Watts has warned that this funding will end next summer, resulting in potential job cuts. The Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds, provided through the American Rescue Plan, have supported various school needs during the pandemic. The district has already received $379.29 million in ESSER funding, with a total approved budget of $506.19 million. District officials have been planning for the end of this funding, considering whether positions or initiatives will need to be cut, ensuring long-term sustainability beyond 2024, possibly through attrition and resource scaling.
STORY 3: Teen shot by Gwinnett Police at Norcross apartment complex
Gwinnett County police are investigating an officer-involved shooting in Norcross involving a 16-year-old suspect. The incident began with a 911 call reporting an armed teenage son, possibly under the influence of drugs. When police arrived at the apartment complex, the teenager fired shots at an officer during a brief foot pursuit. The officer returned fire, injuring the teenager's leg. The teenager was found to have two firearms, one of which malfunctioned and was discarded. The officer was unharmed, and the teenager's injuries were not life-threatening. Criminal charges against the teenager are pending, and the suspect's identity has not been disclosed.
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STORY 4: SPORTS UPDATE
In a Class AAAAAAA top-10 showdown, Mill Creek secured a 30-20 victory over Parkview. Despite challenges, Mill Creek's Cam Robinson rushed for 186 yards and scored two touchdowns. Norcross tied their coach Keith Maloof with Cecil Flowe for most Gwinnett County wins in a historic 27-20 win against South Gwinnett. A.J. Watkins led Norcross with a 57-yard touchdown run. Wesleyan defeated Gilmer 50-28 in their Region 7-AAA opener, with quarterback Ben Brown contributing to all six touchdowns. Greater Atlanta Christian dominated Northview 57-14, improving to 5-0. Peachtree Ridge made history with a 6-0 start, beating Meadowcreek 34-12, led by quarterback Darnell Kelly's performance. Buford ended non-region play with a 30-3 win over Marietta, despite room for improvement.
STORY 5: Gwinnett Superior Court Judge Tamela Adkins is running for re-election
Gwinnett County Superior Court Judge Tamela Adkins has announced her bid for re-election, seeking a second term in office. She was first elected in 2020 in a nonpartisan race. Adkins emphasizes her dedication to the community and her judicial skills developed over the past three years. With a background in law since 1993, Adkins holds a biology bachelor's degree and a juris doctorate. She is also pursuing a master's degree in judicial studies. Her campaign for re-election will be part of the state's general primary election in May 2024, appearing on both Democratic and Republican ballots.
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STORY 6: Arefeen Chowdhury kicks off campaign for Gwinnett tax commissioner
Arefeen Chowdhury has launched his campaign as a Republican candidate for Gwinnett County's tax commissioner. He emphasizes the need for improved customer service, cost-saving, and serving the diverse community. On the Democratic side, the current Tax Commissioner Denise Mitchell is running for re-election, facing competition from Phillip Bonton III. Chowdhury aims to lower taxes, audit tax codes, extend office hours, simplify online payments, and provide tax documents in multiple languages. With a background in finance, including experience managing large budgets, he seeks to make a positive impact on Gwinnett County's fiscal management and community services.
STORY 7: Gwinnett Police arrest Jonesboro man accused of killing Lawrenceville teen
Gwinnett County police have arrested Righteous Love Williams, a 21-year-old man from Jonesboro, in connection with the death of 19-year-old Lawrenceville resident Michael Maddox. Williams faces charges of felony murder, aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm during certain felonies. The motive for the crime is still being investigated. Maddox was shot on Kentshire Place in unincorporated Lawrenceville, and he was brought to Northside Hospital Gwinnett by witnesses before police were notified. The witnesses were later located, and Williams was arrested with assistance from law enforcement agencies. He is currently in custody at Gwinnett County jail.
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