GDP Script/ Top Stories for Friday May 19th
Publish Date: May 18th Thursday
From the Henssler Financial Studio Welcome to the Gwinnett Daily Post Podcast
Today is Friday May 17th , and happy 46th birthday to former NBA great Kevin Garnett
I’m Bruce Jenkins and here are your top stories presented by Peggy Slappey Properties
Plus, Daily Post Sports Editor Will Hammock joins community reporter Brian Giffin for the Gwinnett Sports Report
We’ll have all this and more on the Gwinnett Daily Post podcast.
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Story 1. Kemp
Governor Brian Kemp has signed several local bills pushed through by the Gwinnett County Legislative Delegation, making them law. These bills include measures related to homestead exemptions, salary increases for the county Commission Chairwoman, and potential alterations to the incorporated limits of certain Gwinnett cities. Among the bills signed are House Bill 711 and House Bill 748, which deal with homestead exemptions on school district taxes. Another set of bills, House Bills 671, 672, and 673, focus on referendums for homestead exemptions on Sugar Hill property taxes. These changes require voter approval before taking effect, as per Georgia law. The bipartisan efforts of the legislative delegation have been recognized as a means to achieve positive outcomes for Gwinnett County..
STORY 2: Gates
Three graduating seniors from Gwinnett County Public Schools, Ammar Razzak, Colleen Blascik, and Alan Medina, have been awarded the prestigious Gates Scholarship, joining an elite group of 300 students nationwide. The Gates Scholarship, funded by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, supports high-potential, low-income minority students by eliminating financial barriers to college. Scholars receive funding for the full cost of attendance that is not covered by other financial aid and their expected family contribution. Beyond financial support, The Gates Scholarship provides additional resources such as career services, mentoring, leadership development, and wellness support to help scholars excel in their degree programs and successfully transition to their chosen careers. This scholarship program aims to empower students to achieve academic excellence, graduate college, and become leaders throughout their lives. Eligibility criteria include a strong academic record, demonstrated leadership ability, and exceptional personal success skills.
Story 3: Police
Gwinnett County police are seeking the public's help in identifying two women involved in a car theft at Mountain Park Park near Lilburn. The incident occurred on April 13, where the suspects allegedly entered the victim's car and stole a backpack containing credit cards and other belongings. One of the suspects, described as a white woman wearing black pants and a black jacket, and the other suspect, described as a Black woman wearing a blue sweatshirt, tan hat, and glasses, were captured on surveillance cameras using one of the stolen credit cards at a nearby Walmart. Authorities have released surveillance images and urge anyone with information to contact Gwinnett County detectives or Atlanta Crime Stoppers anonymously. Check back for updates at gwinnettdailypost.com. we’re back in a moment
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STORY 4: Tay
In a celebration of academic excellence, Erika Tay, a senior at Lanier High School, has been named a Georgia Department of Education 2023 Georgia Scholar. Erika, who holds the valedictorian position in her class, joins a prestigious group of 154 graduating seniors from schools across Georgia to earn this distinguished recognition. The Georgia Scholar program, coordinated by GaDOE's Office of Communications in collaboration with local school districts and schools, identifies and honors high school seniors who have demonstrated excellence in both their academic and community life. Erika's dedication and achievements have earned her a seal that will adorn her diploma, signifying her status as a Georgia Scholar. This recognition is reserved for students who have excelled in all aspects of school life, community involvement, and their home environment. Erika Tay exemplifies the spirit of the Georgia Scholar program, representing the pursuit of academic excellence and the positive impact students can have on their schools and communities.
Story 5: Service
Ten students from Gwinnett County Public Schools have earned appointments to prestigious U.S. service academies. These seniors, representing eight different schools, will attend institutions such as the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. They secured these appointments through congressional nominations and by meeting rigorous academic, extracurricular, physical, and medical standards. Grayson and North Gwinnett high schools have two students each attending service academies, while the remaining six students come from Archer, Dacula, Lanier, Norcross, Peachtree Ridge, and South Gwinnett high schools. Additionally, these students have collectively received $3.5 million in scholarship funds. Congratulations to these exceptional individuals on their achievements and their commitment to serving the nation.
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Story 6: Sports
And now, Daily Post Sports Editor Will Hammock Joins our Brian Giffin for the Gwinnett Sports Report:
We’ll be back in a moment
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Story 7: Pickleball
Get ready for some intense pickleball action in Peachtree Corners as the top players in the world gather for the Acrytech Atlanta Open, presented by Vizzy. Hosted at Life Time - Peachtree Corners, this tournament is part of the Carvana PPA Tour and one of the four Majors scheduled this year. With an estimated economic impact of $2.75 million, the event attracts players and fans from across the country. Pickleball, a unique blend of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong, features paddles and courts similar to badminton, but with tennis court markings. Over 1,000 players have registered for the event, competing in various divisions including singles, doubles, mixed doubles, and age-based brackets. Don't miss the thrilling matches with top-ranked players like Ben Johns, Anna Leigh Waters, Anna Bright, Catherine Parenteau, and Tyson McGuffin. The Pro Championships will take place on Sunday, while amateur divisions will continue throughout the weekend.
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