What We Cover
Norcross Patch is a comprehensive and trusted local coverage of Norcross, Ga. We feature news and events, business listings, discussions, announcements, photos and videos.
What We Cover: Norcross Patch concentrates on the zip codes of 30071, 30093 and some of 30092, with Jimmy Carter Boulevard, Indian Trail Road, Buford Highway, Holcomb Bridge Road, Peachtree Industrial Boulevard and Beaver Ruin Road as some of the area's major roadways.
The Norcross area includes many of Gwinnett County's public schools, including the Meadowcreek High and Norcross High clusters. Greater Atlanta Christian School, a private institution that has students from 16 Georgia counties, also is located in Norcross.
Local Hot Button Issues: There are many topics that Norcross Patch covers day to day.
Some of these important issues include:
City and Government
Local Businesses and Restaurants
Police Activity and Crime
Norcross High has always done well in sports, especially basketball and football. With basketball, both the girls and boys teams have reached the state championships and won many times, and the Blue Devils have produced some top-notch players who have made it to state and even national teams.
Norcross Football is also big, especially considering Norcross won its first-ever state championship title in December 2012 after an undefeated season. Many Blue Devil players have reached the college and state level and won numerous awards for their athelticism, and the team continues to do so.
Downtown businesses have produced some big conversations in Norcross. The city is big on its restaurants, having eight eateries in downtown. The latest business issue has revolved around the Greer storefront located on South Peachtree Street. It was torn down and rebuilt in 2012 and many businesses have been after the space for some time. Even though it's been months since construction has finished on the "white box" storefront, there hasn't been any news on what store will move in.
With government, a handful of projects are pretty big right now. The city is currently attempting to add city signage to various parts of Norcross, but there is some debate on how exactly the signs should be designed. The biggest issue is adding LED boards to the signs, which can be convenient, but, as many argue, also can strip away from Historic Downtown Norcross' old-time feel and be distractive to drivers.
Another topic of discuss is downtown parking. The Norcross City Council and citizens are split on the issue that Norcross has a parking problem; many say there isn't enough parking downtown while others say they've never had a parking issue. After heated debates, the council have tabled items that revolve around the issue of renovating and constructing current parking lots so that they can fit more parking spaces.
The council has shared differing views on a proposal for the city to financially support the arts, too. It was brought to the council attention that if the city wants to be a successful artists community, there needs to be an arts commission. As of January, the council has not completely dismissed the idea, but they have tabled it.
In 2012, the Norcross City Council dealt with a proposal to ban tobacco use on all city property, including sidewalks. The measure was passed in May, but because of verbal objections and outcries from residents and business owners, the council repealed the ban two months later. They explained that the issue needed to be more community-involved and grassroots-oriented instead of something that started in the government.
Police activity is another hot-button issue for Norcross. Norcross Police has been deemed one of the best departments in the nation, and its citizens believe it, too, saying that they feel safe when they're in the city.
Despite the city police, there is still much crime around Norcross. While an anomaly, a number of reported murders were reported in 2012. Some of the more well-known cases are the murder-suicide at a Buford Highway spa that left five family members dead and the killing of Nick Jackson, a teenager who was shot in a home invasion. The Jackson case is still active, with seven suspects in jail. The suspects claim that they were looking for drug money that allegedly belonged to Jackson's father, who was arrested on drug charges in August.
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Sarah Bakhtiari, Contributor, Editor
Before joining Patch, Sarah wrote for multiple publications in the metro Atlanta area, including Creative Loafing and Atlanta magazine. She became a contributing writer for Patch in November 2011 and reported for the sites in Lilburn-Mountain Park, Snellville, Norcross, Tucker and Stone Mountain-Lithonia. She took over as the Norcross Patch editor in February 2012.
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Joy is the editor of Lilburn-Mountain Park Patch. Previusly, she was the editor of Snellville Patch, which she launched in December 2010.
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Judy joined Patch in November 2010 with over a decade of writing and editing experience working most recently as editor and writer for a nationally distributed relocation magazine. Her background includes editing, writing and providing photography for two local golf publications and contributing stories to the AJC as a freelancer while attending Georgia State University where she earned her degree in journalism. Judy has written on a wide variety of topics, but her real love is covering community journalism. She has lived in Duluth for over 25 years with her husband and two sons. When she's not reporting, you can find her out chasing a little white ball around the area golf courses.
Hunt Archbold, Contributor, Editor
Hunt took a keen interest in writing at a young age and brings more than 20 years of professional journalism experience to Patch. Since September 2010, he has served as the Local Editor for Smyrna-Vinings Patch. Prior to that, he served as the Sports Editor of The Sunday Paper located in West Midtown. Born at Georgia Baptist Hospital (now Atlanta Medical Center, located just on the fringe of Midtown), Hunt was raised in Atlanta and has worked at several news outlets across the city and region. A former on-air personality for what is now known as mtvU, Hunt has enjoyed stints behind the mic in radio and television, but recognizes that his true expressive love is the written word. A graduate of both The Lovett School and North Carolina State University, Hunt is excited about the new opportunities here at Midtown Patch. Hunt lives in Midtown, doesn't take himself too seriously and sometimes talks in what has been described as a mumble-drawl-lisp.
Deanna Allen, Contributor, Editor
Deanna Allen is the local editor for the Barrow Patch. She is a native of Georgia who grew up in Jackson County, attended elementary, middle and high school locally and moved just 50 miles away for college. After graduating in 2006 from Piedmont College with a bachelor's degree in mass communications and political science, she worked as a reporter for the Barrow County News before taking a job as a copy editor and page designer with the Gwinnett Daily Post. After about a year, Deanna returned to writing as a features and lifestyles reporter for the Daily Post and then signed on in November 2008 with Patch. She lives in a quiet subdivision in Winder with her two Boxer bulldogs, Louie and Sophie. When she has free time to herself, she enjoys reading and catching up on her favorite TV shows.
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Nancy Minor, Contributor
Nancy Minor, a long-time resident of Norcross, has been a licensed realtor for over 25 years, She consistently ranks among the top agents in the State. She has been with RE/MAX for over 21 years. Nancy is a graduate of the University of Montevallo. When not searching for the perfect house for someone to call home, Nancy will be with family, friends or reading a good book. Nancy loves her community and takes great pleasure in welcoming the world to Peachtree Corners and Berkeley Lake. Nancy can be reached at 404-955-7653 or Nancy@Minor.net
Sean Casey, Contributor
Barry Garron, Contributor
Barry Garron has been an entertainment journalist for 30 years. A past president of the Television Critics Assn., he served as Chief TV critic for The Hollywood Reporter for more than a decade. He is a regular contributor to emmy magazine and has written for TV Guide and Broadcasting & Cable.
Bill Johnson, Contributor
Bill is the former Public Information Officer for Forsyth County Government, a veteran news reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and a freelancer for Associated Press. He now owns his own political consulting firm and is the proud grandfather of Alex, Caleb and Mason.
Carol Frey, Contributor
Carol Frey is a special education teacher by degree, a homemaker, family C.E.O. and procurement specialist by design. A freelance writer and author of two humorous cookbooks "Have You Considered Cooking?" and "The Grits Shall Rise Again!", Carol has enjoyed living in Peachtree Corners for 23 years. She looks forward to bring news and views about the area to all of our readers. www.carolgfrey.com.
Jason Caldwell, Contributor
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