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GDP Script/ Top Stories for Wednesday May 17th

Publish Date: May 16th, Tuesday

From the Henssler Financial Studio Welcome to the Gwinnett Daily Post Podcast

Today is Wednesday May 17th , and happy 64th birthday to the great Jim Nantz

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I’m Bruce Jenkins and here are your top stories presented by Mall of Georgia Chrysler Dodge Jeep

  1. Auburn area home destroyed during weekend fire
  2. Gateway85 to honor Jimmy Carter with Norcross event May 23
  3. And Gwinnett police will conduct operation aimed at curbing DUI, other traffic offenses this weekend


Plus, Leah McGrath of Ingles Markets talks with Bruce Jenkins about food prices, and we get news from the US department of Agriculture on the topic.


We’ll have all this and more on the Gwinnett Daily Post podcast.

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       Story 1. Fire


A house in the Auburn area of Gwinnett County has been declared a total loss after a fire broke out in the kitchen, according to Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services. The firefighters responded to the home on Bill Cheek Road after receiving a call at 7:05 p.m. The single-story home was already engulfed in flames upon their arrival, but they were able to bring the fire under control within 20 minutes. The extensive damage rendered the home uninhabitable. Investigators determined that the fire originated in the kitchen, but the exact cause could not be determined. Fortunately, a man who was inside the home managed to escape when he noticed smoke in the kitchen. Gwinnett County residents are reminded that free smoke alarm installations are available through a home safety survey to identify potential fire hazards.


STORY 2:  Carter


Next week, Gwinnett County and Gateway85 Community Improvement District leaders, along with former Ambassador Andrew Young and one of former President Jimmy Carter's grandsons, will gather to celebrate President Carter's life. The event, organized by the CID, will pay tribute to President Carter by placing banners honoring him along a two-mile stretch of Jimmy Carter Boulevard. Taking place at the Global Mall on May 23, the event aims to highlight the boulevard's contributions to Gwinnett County's economic, cultural, and social vibrancy. Notable attendees include former state Sen. Jason Carter, Gateway85 CID Executive Director Emory Morsberger, and Gwinnett County Chairwoman Nicole Love Hendrickson. Jimmy Carter Boulevard is one of eight streets named after the former president, who served as Georgia's governor before becoming the 39th president of the United States.


Story 3: Police operation


Gwinnett County police are launching Operation Whiskey Charlie, a traffic safety effort aimed at promoting road safety ahead of the Memorial Day holiday. The operation will take place over the weekend, targeting drivers who are speeding, driving under the influence, driving aggressively, or committing other traffic offenses. With 26 traffic collision-related deaths in 2023, the police department aims to remind motorists of the importance of following traffic laws. The operation involves various units, including Accident Investigation, Aviation, K-9, Community Response Teams, Special Investigations Section, and the Situational Awareness and Crime Response Center. The goal is to protect lives, property, and enhance the quality of life in Gwinnett County.


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STORY 4: Merger


Oconee State Bank has taken a significant step towards its merger with Elberton Federal Savings and Loan by initiating a required offering of its common stock. The merger, which was announced in 2021, involves a "merger conversion" in which Elberton Federal will convert to a stock form before merging with Oconee State Bank. Eligible members of Elberton Federal, Oconee shareholders, and others have the opportunity to acquire shares of Oconee State Bank's common stock through a subscription and community offering. Oconee State Bank operates five full-service financial centers, including one in Duluth, while Elberton Federal is based in Elberton. Community meetings will be held in Elberton and Watkinsville to discuss the stock offering with interested investors. For more information, interested individuals can contact the Oconee Financial Corporation Stock Information Center.


Story 5: Gucci


Gwinnett County police are seeking a man accused of stealing a Gucci watch valued at nearly $2,100 from a jewelry store at Sugarloaf Mills. The incident occurred on May 9 when the suspect asked to try on a Gucci watch with a leather band at Kay Jewelers. While wearing the watch, he waited for a security officer to pass by and then claimed the watch as his own before fleeing the store without paying. The suspect is described as a tall and slim white man with a beard, wearing a white Lakers jersey, a tan bucket hat, and white or tan pants with gray sneakers. Anyone with information is urged to contact detectives or Atlanta Crime Stoppers…..we’ll be right back


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Story 6: Leah


And now, Leah McGrath of Ingles Markets talks with our Bruce Jenkins about grocery prices:




We’ll be back in a moment


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Story 7: Seckinger


Seckinger High School recently held a celebration to honor three seniors who have signed with college athletic programs. Sebastian Hernandez signed with Crowder College for baseball, Omary Tuwano signed with Midway College for wrestling, and Bryson Ruggs signed with Brevard College for football. The event recognized their achievements and commitment to pursuing their athletic careers at the collegiate level. Congratulations to Sebastian, Omary, and Bryson on their signings, and best wishes to them as they embark on their college journeys in their respective sports.


Story 8: Buford


The coaches of Region 8-AAAAAAA have announced the All-Region Baseball Team, with Buford earning the top honors. Nate Taylor of Buford was named Pitcher of the Year, while his teammate Cannon Goldin received the Position Player of the Year award. The coaches also recognized other standout players in the region. The first team pitchers included players like Nick Bennett from Mill Creek and Cooper Johnson from Mountain View. Among the first team position players were Marquise Blackman from Dacula and Brandon Taliaferro from Buford. The second team featured talented players such as Damian Brown from Buford and Jake Rutkowski from Collins Hill. These athletes have showcased their skills and contributed significantly to their teams' success throughout the season.

Story 9: USDA

And now, we hear from Gary Crawford from the US Department of Agriculture, more on current food prices:

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