GDP Script/ Top Stories for Sunday May 21st
Publish Date: May 19th Friday
From the Henssler Financial Studio Welcome to the Gwinnett Daily Post Podcast
Today is Friday May 17th , and happy 70th birthday to Mr. T
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I’m Bruce Jenkins and here are your top stories presented by Mall of Georgia Chrysler Dodge Jeep
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Story 1. shooting
Lawrenceville police are seeking the public's help in an ongoing investigation regarding the shooting of a 54-year-old man. The incident occurred last week while the victim was commuting home from work. Riding a moped near the intersection of Five Forks Trickum Road and Old Snellville Highway around 11:30 p.m. on May 12, he was shot multiple times. The identity of the shooter remains unknown. Upon arrival, authorities found the victim lying on the road and promptly transported him to a local hospital. As of Wednesday, he remains in critical condition. If anyone witnessed the shooting or possesses information about the incident, they are urged to contact Lawrenceville Police Detective J. Woods at 770-670-5122 or email JWoods@LawrencevillePd.com. Alternatively, they can reach out to Crime Stoppers of Greater Atlanta at 404-577-8477 or visit www.StopCrimeATL.com, with the option to remain anonymous.
STORY 2: 316
The State Transportation Board has given approval for a series of improvements on Georgia 316 between Lawrenceville and Athens to address traffic congestion and enhance safety. The first phase, estimated at $100 million, involves constructing grade-separated interchanges at the intersections of Georgia 316 with Bethlehem and Barber Creek roads in Barrow County. The Georgia Department of Transportation plans to issue a request for proposals in July, with the winning contractor announced in December. Construction is expected to begin in the fall of the following year. Two additional project bundles are planned for Oconee County and Barrow County, including grade-separated intersections and overpasses. The DOT will manage the projects while the State Road and Tollway Authority will handle funding. These improvements aim to alleviate bumper-to-bumper traffic and enhance travel experiences along the corridor.
Story 3: Police
Lawrenceville police are seeking your help in a critical case. Last week, a 54-year-old man was shot multiple times while heading home from work. According to Police Capt. Salvador Ortega, the incident occurred around 11:30 p.m. on May 12 in the area of Five Forks Trickum Road and Old Snellville Highway. Sadly, the identity of the shooter remains unknown. The victim was found lying in the roadway and was immediately taken to a local hospital. As of Wednesday, he remains in critical condition. We need your assistance. If you witnessed the shooting or have any information related to the incident, please reach out to Lawrenceville Police Detective J. Woods at 770-670-5122 or email JWoods@LawrencevillePd.com. Follow this case at gwinnettdailypost.com…….. we’re back in a moment
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STORY 4: Gwinnett Schools
In In a recent decision, the Gwinnett County Board of Education has adopted a new health curriculum, separate from the proposed sex education curriculum that has stirred controversy for months. Despite initial plans to use one provider for both curriculums, the board's choice means there will now be a split between the district's health and sex education programs. HealthSmart will be utilized for the health curriculum, while Choosing the Best will remain the sex education curriculum, at least for now. During the discussion, there was some confusion among board members regarding the timeline and the possibility of having no sex education curriculum for a year. However, district staff confirmed that Choosing the Best, which has been in place for over 20 years, will continue to be in place. The controversy surrounding the proposed sex education curriculum, also provided by HealthSmart, has focused on concerns about promoting abstinence, addressing gender identity, and textbook images. Some board members expressed their preference for using the latest version of Choosing the Best, citing positive outcomes such as lower rates of sexually transmitted diseases and teen pregnancy in the county. Others are eager to begin the review process for a new sex education curriculum. Stay updated on this story at gwinnettdailypost.com
Story 5: Scholarships
Great news for nine high school seniors from Gwinnett County Public Schools! They have been awarded four-year, full-tuition scholarships by the Posse Foundation. The Posse Foundation, established in 1989, identifies exceptional public high school students who possess remarkable academic and leadership potential. These students may often be overlooked by traditional college selection processes. Posse offers them the opportunity to excel personally and academically by placing them in diverse teams called "Posses," consisting of 10 students. Partner colleges and universities collaborate with Posse to provide these scholars with four-year, full-tuition leadership scholarships. These scholars graduate at an impressive rate of 90% and make a significant impact both on campus and throughout their professional careers. Posse recruits students through its traditional program in various cities across the United States, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, and New York, among others. They also have a Virtual Program that reaches even more students in cities like Charlotte, Dallas, and Philadelphia. Posse has partnered with over 60 esteemed colleges and universities nationwide. Some of the host institutions for Posse cohorts from the Atlanta chapter include Bard College, Boston University, Brandeis University, The College of Wooster, and The George Washington University. …back after this
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Story 6: DUI
Gwinnett County police will launch Operation Whiskey Charlie, a traffic safety effort, this weekend before Memorial Day. The operation aims to target drivers who engage in speeding, aggressive driving, driving under the influence, or other traffic offenses. With 26 deaths from traffic collisions in 2023, the police department developed this initiative to emphasize the importance of adhering to traffic laws. By protecting lives and property and enhancing the community's quality of life, Operation Whiskey Charlie involves various units like Accident Investigation, Aviation, K-9, Community Response Teams, Special Investigations, and the Situational Awareness and Crime Response Center….We’ll be back in a moment
Story 7: Brown
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……more in a moment
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Story 8: basketball
Mill Creek High School recognized seniors Nate Eroh and Jonathan Taylor for their commitment to college basketball programs. Eroh, a 6-foot-6 forward, signed with Columbus State University after being named to the Region 8-7A All-Defensive Team in the previous season. Taylor, a 6-1 guard, signed with Southern Wesleyan University. He achieved recognition on the All-Region 8-7A Team, averaging 15.8 points per game. Congratulations to Nate Eroh and Jonathan Taylor on their achievements and best wishes for their college basketball careers.
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