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Commissioner Kirkland Carden faces ethics pannel

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An ethics panel will investigate whether Gwinnett County Commissioner Kirkland Carden violated the county's ethics policy by serving as a strategist for a candidate's failed bid for a legislative seat last year. The complaint was filed by Laurie McClain, who lost to Carden in the 2020 general election race for Commission District 1. She alleges that Carden's role as a campaign consultant for Om Duggal's campaign violated the county's ethics policy, which prohibits officials from taking on employment or rendering services that limit their ability to be impartial in their official duties. This is only the third time since the policy's inception that a commissioner will face an ethics panel.

Georgia Gwinnett College is seeking permission from the University System of Georgia to expand its athletic department and add men's and women's basketball programs. GGC's President, Jann L. Joseph, confirmed the news after the groundbreaking for a new convocation center that will include a basketball arena. The first step in launching the teams is to file paperwork with the university system, and if approved, the teams would compete in the NAIA like GGC's other athletic programs. GGC's athletic department currently offers six athletic programs, including men's and women's soccer, men's and women's tennis, baseball, and softball programs.

Fourth-year medical students at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Suwanee and Moultrie have achieved a 100% completion rate into postgraduate positions, according to Tina Woodruff, senior advisor to the provost. Residency placement lists indicate that since 2016, 34% of PCOM Georgia's students remain in Georgia to complete their residencies. Andrea Mann, dean and chief academic officer of PCOM Georgia’s osteopathic medicine program, said that almost three quarters of the fourth-year students will pursue careers in Georgia’s targeted core specialty areas. Students were matched with programs at prestigious institutions such as Emory School of Medicine and Morehouse School of Medicine.

The Gwinnett County Public Library's New Start Entrepreneurship Incubator program has awarded $5,000 grants to three graduates for their business pitches. The program provides business education for formerly incarcerated individuals, including in-person classes, online coursework, and mentorship. Bridgette Simpson, co-founder of Barred Business, won $2,500 for the Outstanding Business Pitch, Dewy Ventura Joa, owner of CholoMMA, received $1,500 for second place, and Mia Jacobs, founder of DeCCRO, won $1,000 for third place. The program aims to support the re-entry population, which in Georgia is disproportionately made up of people of color and minority populations.

GDP’s Will Hammock joins us for our Gwinnett Sports update presented by Tom Wages Funeral Home.

Putt Nation, a high-end miniature golf course and restaurant combo, has opened in Buford, promising to "take miniature golf to the next level." With two nine-hole courses featuring custom lighting, sound effects, obstacles, and video challenges, the course aims to offer an immersive experience for all ages. The facility also has a self-serve tap wall offering a wide selection of beer, wine, and cocktails for visitors to try without committing to a full serving. Putt Nation is open from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. until 1 a.m. on weekends, accommodating group events and parties for team building and birthday celebrations.

The Georgia Gwinnett College Foundation has received an Innovative Education Fund Prototype Grant from the Georgia Foundation for Public Education to support math tutoring for elementary school students in need of targeted support. The $20,000 grant will fund an innovative education program piloted at Alford Elementary School in Gwinnett County, where professional development for tutors and collaboration with teachers and administrators have been deemed essential components of the program. Dr. Amber Ebert, assistant professor in science education and department chair of Secondary Education for Georgia Gwinnett College, collaborated with GGC’s Advancement team to write the proposal for the grant.

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