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GNR Public Health to provide Narcan kits for free in Norcross and Lawrenceville

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Gwinnett County residents can now get an overdose-reversing kit for free from local health officials in case they are worried that they, or someone they care about, might be in danger from opioid use.

GNR Public Health announced on Friday that it is making the Narcan kits available to anyone over 18 in its three-county footprint. Narcan is a substance that can be used on someone, who is suffering from an overdose, to save their life.

Narcan has been available for a few years to law enforcement officers to carry with them in case they encounter someone who is experiencing an overdose, but there has been a push in recent years to get it into the hands of community members as well in an effort to reduce opioid use related deaths.

Each kit that GNR Public Health is providing to community members includes two naloxone doses as well as a pouch to carry them in, a CPR face shield and information about how to administer the doses as well as the medical amnesty law, recovery and treatment options. The kits are available at the Lawrenceville Health Center, located at 455 Grayson Highway Suite 300, and the Norcross Health Center, which is located at 5030 Georgia Belle Court. Health officials said their staff is trained to teach people how to properly administer Narcan, and they will review the instructions with each person who picks up a kit.

A federal judge sentenced a Buford man to six years in prison on Friday for his role in a Ponzi scheme involving cattle trading.

Buford resident Ron Throgmartin , and Galesburg, Illinois resident Reva Joyce Stachniw were convicted last August on one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, five counts of wire fraud, and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. Stachniw was sentenced to six years in prison as well on Friday.

The U.S. Department of Justice said Throgmartin and Stachniw, as well as another co-conspirator, were accused in court documents of “fraudulently representing to victims that their investments were backed by short-term investments in Stachniw and Throgmartin’s cattle and marijuana businesses.” Victims gave them money under the assumption that it would go where they had been told it would go, but the dollars instead went to paying back earlier investors, according to prosecutors.

The Department of Justice said victims lost millions of dollars as a result.

In addition to their jail time, Throgmartin and Stachniw were also ordered by a federal judge to each pay nearly $14.6 million in restitution. Throgmartin must forfeit just over $1 million, while Stachniw must forfeit just over $6 million, as well.

As visitors walk to county offices at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center his month, they are greeted with images of Black people engaging in every day life.

There is a group of Black women enjoying a Sunday tea together in one painting by Gwinnett-based artist Shoghi Lombard. Another painting by Lombard shows three black women in white dresses lifting their arms to the heavens as they offer praise to God.

Sitting next to image of the praying women is another Lombard painting of three different Black women who are also wearing in white dresses, but this group is in a field together. Across the aisle, there is a painting by a Gwinnett County Public Schools student of a Black couple relaxing as they lay next to each other in a field of grass together. A young Black man is shown in profile in a portrait, by another GCPS student, that is nestled among paintings by other students.

The paintings are part of Gwinnett County government’s annual Black History Month display, which is devoted this year to highlighting locally produced Black art.

Gwinnettians who cannot make it during the day to see the display will have a chance to see it at night this week.

County officials will commemorate Black History Month with a Heritage Night Celebration on tonight night at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, which is located at 75 Langley Drive in Lawrenceville.

The event will begin with food and socializing at 6:30 p.m., with the celebration itself beginning at 7 p.m.

The Berean Christian Church Choir and representatives from GCPS will perform and poet laureate Hank Stewart will speak as well. The Black History Month display is part of the build up to the event, and it gives people who cannot attend the celebration a way to reflect on Gwinnett’s Black community, and its history, at any time during February. The display will remain up at GJAC until March 1.

In most of the Georgia High School Association’s classifications, the team point total put forth by Buford and Mill Creek would’ve been good enough to win the state title at the 2023 traditional wrestling tournament. 

Unfortunately for the Wolves and Hawks, they happen to reside in Class AAAAAAA, domain to Camden County, which claimed its seventh straight team title in the state’s largest classification and ninth straight overall Saturday at the Macon Centreplex. 

The Wildcats piled up 233 team points with state placers in all 14 weight classes, including three state champions, to edge the Wolves, which finished as runner up with 219 points behind 11 state placers and two state champions — Drew Gorman, who pinned Parkview’s to win the individual title at 136 pounds, and Gavin Pope, who outpointed North Paulding’s Josh Denson for a 5-4 decision to win the title at 144. Meanwhile, Mill Creek’s total of 158.5 – paced by state champions Antonio Mills (46-1) at 113, Blue Stiffler at 126, Amantee Mills  at 132 and Dominic Bambinelli at 165 and three other state placers – was good enough for third place, the highest placing for the Hawks. Despite coming up just short of the team title with such a strong showing, Buford coach Tom Beuglas has no complaints about the result, or with the way his Wolves wrestled this weekend. Mill Creek coach Nathan White expressed similar sentiments about his team’s historic finish, which continues a strong set of showings on the state level that started last season.


Two Tuesday Morning stores in Gwinnett County, located in Buford and Snellville, are among the 12 Georgia stores that the home decor retailer plans to close soon as it goes through bankruptcy proceedings.

The news of the stores slated for closure comes on the heels of Tuesday Morning’s bankruptcy filing on Tuesday. The chain plans to close about 264 of its 464 stores as part of a restructuring, claiming the stores slated to be shut down are in “unprofitable locations,” according to bankruptcy documents.

The Mall of Georgia store Boulevard in Buford and the Presidential Commons store in Snellville are among the stores slated to close. Tuesday Morning officials have not announced specific closing dates for either location, but going out of business sales have already begun, according to the chain’s website. 

It’s no secret that with the many diversions — both worth and unworthy — available to young people, reading for pleasure is often not a priority. But if an appreciation for the printed word starts early, there’s a greater chance that children will embrace reading as they grow.

To that end, Disney On Ice and Monster Jam have collaborated with public libraries in the Atlanta area to encourage young readers to take part in an initiative that will entitle them to free tickets (with the purchase of an adult ticket) to either “Disney On Ice presents Find Your Hero” or Monster Jam, both of which will make Atlanta-area appearances in April.

Children — ages 2 to 12 — are urged to visit their local public libraries in Gwinnett, Henry and Barrow counties to collect a reward club card, which will detail the steps to earn a free ticket. Once five or more books have been read, the child and their parent or guardian can redeem the reward club card for a free ticket. Libraries participating in the “Disney On Ice presents Find Your Hero” offer include the 16 branches of the Gwinnett Public Library, the five branches of the Henry County Library System, the Auburn Pubic Library and the Winder Public Library, among others. Libraries participating in the Monster Jam offer include the Auburn Public Library, the Henry County Library System and the Winder Public Library.

“Disney On Ice presents Find Your Hero” is scheduled to visit the Gas South Arena in Dultuh from April 20-23. Free tickets can be redeemed for performances at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, at 11 a.m. or 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 21, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 22 and at 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 23.

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