GDP Script/ Top Stories for Wednesday May 24th
Publish Date: May 23 Tuesday
From the Henssler Financial Studio Welcome to the Gwinnett Daily Post Podcast
Today is Tuesday May 23rd , and happy 50th birthday to Bartolo Colon
I’m Bruce Jenkins and here are your top stories presented by Mall of Georgia Chrysler Dodge Jeep
Plus, we visit with Leah McGrath from Ingles markets about cutting back on sugar
We’ll have all this and more on the Gwinnett Daily Post podcast.
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Story 1. sheriff
Curtis Clemons, who previously lost to Gwinnett County Sheriff Keybo Taylor in the Democratic Party runoff for the seat in 2020, has officially announced his candidacy for the 2024 election. Clemons filed paperwork in February to begin raising campaign funds and expressed his commitment to answering the call for better leadership in Gwinnett County. He will launch his campaign during a fundraising event at LeGomier Restaurant and Event Hall on Wednesday. Clemons is one of two Democrats challenging Sheriff Taylor, while Republican Baron Reinhold has also announced his candidacy. In his announcement, Clemons raised concerns about staffing levels, turnover rates, and budget increases within the Sheriff's Office. He emphasized the need for fiscal responsibility, recruitment and retention campaigns, and diverse representation in leadership. Clemons, a Marine Corps veteran with extensive law enforcement experience, retired as an assistant chief from the Gwinnett County police department in 2019 and served as the top investigator in the District Attorney's office after the 2020 elections. Clemons is the 2nd candidate to announce in as many days. Stay updated at gwinnettdailypost.com
STORY 2: AAA
AAA predicts that Memorial Day weekend travel in Georgia will surpass pre-pandemic levels, with nearly 1.32 million Georgians expected to travel compared to 1.31 million in 2019. Nationwide, AAA projects 42.3 million Americans will travel, slightly lower than the 42.8 million in 2019. Most Georgians will travel by car, with approximately 1.2 million planning road trips of at least 50 miles. Around 114,200 individuals are expected to fly, while 25,457 will use other transportation modes. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport anticipates over 2 million travelers during the holiday weekend. AAA did not provide data for 2020 or 2021 due to pandemic-related travel restrictions. In 2019, Georgia saw nearly 1.7 million car travelers and 104,187 air travelers during Memorial Day weekend.
Story 3: Scouts
Seven girls from Gwinnett County, Georgia, have been recognized with the Girl Scout Bronze Award by the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta. The recipients of this highest award for fourth and fifth-grade Girl Scouts are Avery Tilford, Catherine McCormack, Charlotte Weed, Daviana Pham, Harmonee Beckham, Isis Grooms, and Kyrie Ann Kirby. Assisted by Lulla Robinson, a third-grader, these girls showcased leadership, effective communication, and project planning skills while making a positive impact in the community. Their project focused on supporting pollinators by building bat houses, birdhouses, and bee hotels with donations from the community. The troop also taught other Girl Scouts how to make seed bombs to raise awareness about pollinators' importance. Their efforts aim to help pollinators thrive and inspire other youth to make a difference in their community.…we’ll be right back
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STORY 4: Service
An update on a recent story, ten students from various Gwinnett County Public Schools in Georgia have been accepted into prestigious U.S. service academies. These students, representing eight different schools, have received appointments to the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. In addition to receiving free four-year educations, they have committed to serving in the military upon graduation. The selection process is highly competitive, requiring congressional nominations and meeting rigorous academic, extracurricular, physical, and medical standards. Grayson and North Gwinnett High Schools have two students each, while the remaining six students come from Archer, Dacula, Lanier, Norcross, Peachtree Ridge, and South Gwinnett High Schools. These outstanding students have also been awarded a combined total of $3.5 million in scholarship funds.
Stay abreast of the latest on all our stories at gwinnettdailypost.com
Story 5: AD
Scotty McDaniel, former athletic director at Northview High School, is returning to Gwinnett County as the new athletic director at Peachtree Ridge. McDaniel has extensive ties to the county, having worked at various schools in the area earlier in his career. The opportunity to become athletic director at Peachtree Ridge excited him, as he has a personal connection to the school and the community. McDaniel is familiar with the athletic prowess of Gwinnett County and looks forward to competing at the highest level in the 7A division. He also has a close relationship with Jason Holcombe, the new athletic director for Gwinnett County Public Schools. McDaniel's return to Gwinnett County marks a full circle moment for him and an opportunity to tap into the athletic potential of Peachtree Ridge.
Story 6: S. Gwinnett
South Gwinnett High School celebrated the achievements of two seniors who have committed to college athletic programs. Mikayla Maynard signed with Barton College for women's swimming, while Jazmine Grant signed with Denmark Technical College for women's basketball. The school recognized their dedication and success in their respective sports, wishing them continued success at the collegiate level. Program reminder, tune into the Gwinnett Daily Post podcast every Friday for the Gwinnett Sports Report!
Story 7: Dacula
At the Wingfoot Night of Champions, hosted by the Atlanta Track Club, Dacula's Chance Jones emerged as the winner in the 800-meter boys race with a time of 1:50.71. Several other Gwinnett County athletes achieved top-eight finishes in various events. Among them were Joseph Alexander from Mill Creek (second in long jump), Eric Barker from Shiloh (second in triple jump and seventh in 300 hurdles), and Danah Nembhard from Dacula (runner-up in girls high jump and third in triple jump). These outstanding performances showcased the talent and success of Gwinnett's track and field athletes at the prestigious meet.…..more in a moment
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And Now Leah Mcgrath of Ingles markets joins in to talk about cutting back on sugar.
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