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Learn about what all exciting exhibits will be at the North Atlanta Home Show this weekend at the Gas South Convention Center. 

Two Duluth men are facing murder charges in the death of an Atlanta man who died earlier this month from wounds he sustained in a beating that occurred in December.

Master Police Officer Hideshi Valle said Bryan Alvarado and Yeison Alvarado have been charged with allegedly killing Raul Diaz-Villalba. Diaz-Villalba was attacked on December 20 and officers found him unconscious and bleeding with multiple lacerations, a swollen face, wounds all over his head and discoloration. The officers provided aid at the scene and Gwinnett fire officials took him to a local hospital. Diaz-Villalba died on January 14 and the Gwinnett Medical Examiner’s Office concluded this week that the injuries to his head were the cause of death.

The suspects have each been charged with felony murder, aggravated assault, aggravated battery, robbery and false imprisonment.

Gwinnett County Public Schools outpaces the state of Georgia when it comes to the percentage of Asian and Latin-ex teachers it has on its staff, but the percentage of people from those communities who serve in principal positions lags behind the student demographics, a staffing consultant told district leaders on Thursday.

The stats were presented as part of a presentation on equity in talent management systems that Alma Advisory Group CEO Monica Rosen made to the Gwinnett school board during a work session. The presentation covered a variety of staffing issues, including diversity of staff and employee retention. Despite the underrepresentation of Asian and Latin-ex in leadership roles in the district, GCPS does outpace the state in representation of both groups in teaching positions.

Rosen presented data that showed Asian and Pacific Islander teachers make up 4.12% of teachers in GCPS, compared to 1.49% of teachers statewide. Similarly, Latin-ex teachers make up 5.99% of the GCPS teacher workforce, compared to 2.79% statewide.

But, Latin-ex people make up 7.8% of principals in GCPS despite the fact that Latin-ex students are the largest population block in GCPS, making up 34.3% of the student body. Meanwhile, there were virtually no Asian principals in GCPS even though Asian students make up 11.5% of the student population.

GCPS does lack behind the state in the percentage of teachers who are Black. That figure is 27.15% statewide, but just 23.59% in GCPS.

Black people make up 36.17% of people serving in principal positions while Black students make up 32.17% of the student population.

White people hold 53.9% of principal positions and 60.2 percent of teacher positions while white students make up about 17% of the student population.

An incredibly thin margin separated Brookwood and North Gwinnett again Saturday night at West Gwinnett Aquatic Center.

And for the second straight year, Brookwood emerged as the Gwinnett County champion in girls swimming and diving.

The Broncos scored 1,186 points, only 11 ahead of North, which is still seeking its first county title. The Bulldogs were second by only five points at the 2022 county meet.

Brookwood maintained its long-running dominance in the meet with its ninth straight county championship and 20th in the past 24 seasons. Brookwood got its scoring off to a nice start thanks to its divers — Chloe Brothers won the county title and teammate Kristen Davis was sixth Saturday morning — then the swimmers did their job later in the evening.

Sophomore Hailey Dopson led the way with a win in the 100-yard freestyle in 51.75 seconds, and she followed it with a county meet-record in the 100 backstroke with a first-place swim in 55.06. The old 100 back record was set at 55.22 in 2016 by Mill Creek’s Katherine Parker.

The Broncos also won the 200 freestyle relay in 1:37.36 with Dopson as the anchor on a relay with teammates Nicole Amike, Sophie Hamilton and Emma Greene. Dopson also was on a runner-up 200 medley relay.

Braselton’s Community Development department is launching a new volunteer work force to help with town events and welcome visitors. Nicknamed the “Bee-Team,” volunteers will be assigned to welcome visitors and help staff event preparation and/or office tasks. An informational meeting is set for January 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the Civic Center, located at 27 East Lake Drive adjacent to the town’s parking deck downtown. B-Team members will be asked to complete a brief application, attend an orientation and begin learning local history.

For more information, Pinnell can be reached by e-mail at apinnell@braselton.net 

Gwinnett police said they are investigating a homicide that appears to be domestic related after a shooting Sunday evening at a Norcross area apartment complex.

According to Corporal  Evanko, Gwinnett police responded to a person shot call at Canopy Glen Apartments just after 6 p.m.

The incident appeared to have stemmed from a domestic dispute. When officers arrived on scene, they located an adult male with a gunshot wound who died from his injuries on scene.

Evanko said investigators are talking with a female believed to be related to the incident and the investigation is ongoing. The motive for the shooting is unknown. Gwinnett police are asking anyone who has information to share in the case to contact GCPD detectives or crime stoppers.

The new year brought a big change for the Gwinnett Chamber’s On Topic series this past week.

The first installment of the series in 2023 was held on Wednesday and it marked the introduction of Porter Steel as the series new presenting sponsor.

Why is that a big deal? Well, it was the first time in well over a decade that someone other than RocketIT has been the presenting sponsor of the monthly information and lunch series.

Porter Steel is a Lilburn-based company that specializes in structured steel and architectural metal for construction projects.

Company President Cole Porter said the company is interested in helping the community and it sees sponsoring On Topic on to do that. He also said he sees value in the monthly series, where officials and experts give presentations on a wide array of topics ranging from transportation and schools to economic outlooks.

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