Thursday, January 31, 2013
Niki Broun told a crowd in Gwinnett County that her husband was announcing his run for the the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Saxby Chambliss in 2014, according to a report.
Thursday, January 31
Niki Broun can't wait for her husband, 10th District U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, to throw his hat in the ring for the 2014 U.S. Senate race, according to a report in the ViralRead blog. A post picked up by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution says Niki Broun told the group Citizens Helping America Restore Government Ethics on Tuesday that her husband had her permission to run, and that he was announcing his candidacy. Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss announced last week that he would not seek a third term, opening the way for a spirited primary among potential successors. Rep. Broun himself still isn't quite ready to take the plunge. The Athens Banner-Herald reported Wednesday that Broun's office doesn't plan an announcement on his prospective …
Sunday, January 27, 2013
U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss has blamed frustration with Washington, a lack of leadership in the White House and gridlock in the Senate for his decision not to seek a third term in the U.S. Senate.
Sunday, January 27
U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) announced Friday that he will not be seeking a third term in Congress in 2014. According to The Washington Post, Chambliss said his decision was based on his frustration with Washington and not because he feared defeat in a primary. He reportedly said, in fact, he was confident he would have won re-election. “Instead, this is about frustration, both at a lack of leadership from the White House and at the dearth of meaningful action from Congress, especially on issues that are the foundation of our nation’s economic health,” Chambliss is reported as saying. “The debt-ceiling debacle of 2011 and the recent fiscal-cliff vote showed Congress at its worst and, sadly, I don’t see the legislative gridlock and …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
2012 marks the fifth consecutive year that the Norcross community improvement district has seen a drop in targeted and overall crime.
Statistics show that the Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District has seen a drop in targeted and overall crime for 2012. This is the fifth consecutive year for decreased crime in Gwinnett Village, which is the largest CID in the state of Georgia and covers parts of Norcross and Peachtree Corners along Jimmy Carter Boulevard, Beaver Ruin Road, Indian Trail Road and the I-85 corridor. The annual statistics, which were provided by Gwinnett County Police, show declines in 2012 in total robbery, commercial burglary and motor vehicle thefts by 6 percent, 35 percent and 6 percent respectively, according to a news release. Since the start of the decreasing crime rate in 2007, the number of police incidents has actually cut in half. "The …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Check out what's happening Christmas weekend around the Norcross area.
It's Christmas weekend, and if you are brave enough to handle the busy holiday streets, see what's in store in the Norcross area. On Thursday, head to 45 South Cafe for musician Kate Wright. Grab a drink and listen to the folk/blues/jazz singer and guitarist play originals and holiday tunes. The music starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday is the last day for Sparkle!'s Santa photos and free horse-drawn carriage rides in downtown Norcross. Sit in Santa's lap at 45 South and catch a ride from the horse in front of Taste of Britain any time between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. for the last time this year If you're looking for more holiday cheer, go no further than the Pinckneyville Community Center for a Christmas Carnival and Toy Drive. Benefiting Lift Up …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Some residents of Georgia and other states have filed petitions to secede from the U.S.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Some residents of Georgia and more than a dozen other states have filed petitions to secede from the United States, according to media reports. Residents of Alabama, New York, Michigan, Texas and other states have filed the petitions under the "We The People" program, featured on the White House website, according to the Huffington Post. The Georgia petition, which already has more than 25,000 signatures, reads in part: "...Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and institute new Government..." The petitions come in the wake of Democratic President Barack …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Norcross voters chose Tom Rice as their representative as the Georgia State Representative for District 95.
From Peachtree Corners Patch Tom Rice, who has served as the State Representative for the Gwinnett cities of Peachtree Corners, Norcross and Berkeley Lake for the past 16 years, was re-elected last week to serve another two years. The vote was 12,851 to 8,855 in favor of Rice, a Peachtree Corners resident, over his opponent Brooke Siskin, also from Peachtree Corners. It was Siskin's first time running for the State Representative seat. "I want to thank the voters of House District 95 for the opportunity to serve them in the Georgia House of Representatives for another term," said Rice. "I will continue to do my best to represent the values that characterize the great majority of voters in this district." Brooke Siskin, 44, said had she …
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Mitt Romney won 98 of Gwinnett's 156 precincts.
On Election Day 2012, Mitt Romney drew 54 percent of the Gwinnett County vote by winning 98 of the county’s 156 precincts. According to unofficial results available on the Georgia Secretary of State website, Romney finished with 159,563 votes, compared to 131,879 for President Barack Obama, who won re-election nationwide. Romney dominated the vote in the county from Peachtree Corners up the Chattahoochee River to Buford, across the northern part of Gwinnett to Dacula and through a swath mostly north of U.S 78 between Snellville and Lilburn. President Obama, on the other hand, did well in between Norcross and Lilburn, up I-85 to the northern areas of Lawrenceville, and the southern corner of the county south of U.S. 78. Romney’s biggest …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Alvin Wilbanks' statement on the Charter School Amendment cites "efforts by some to ... dismantle public education."
From Suwanee Patch Updated, Nov. 9, 1:55 p.m. Gwinnett Schools Superintendent Alvin Wilbanks has issued a statement expressing disappointment that Georgia voters passed the Charter Schools Amendment on Tuesday, Nov. 6. The state's voters, by a strong majority, approved Amendment One, which allows for state officials to approve publicly funded charter schools, without the permission of local school boards. Wilbanks' statement said the amendment "is not in the best interest of students and public education in this state." -- How do you feel about the Charter Schools Amendment passing? Do you feel the Gwinnett system should remain the sole authority for charter schools in this county? Share your thoughts in the comments below. "We are …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Check out which 2012 presidential candidate dominated at these Norcross precincts.
The 2012 presidential election for Norcross differed greatly from the 2008 presidential election. In the John McCain-Barack Obama race, four of Norcross' 12 precincts voted for McCain. This year, all the precincts voted for Obama. These Norcross numbers differ from the rest of Gwinnett County, too, whose majority went to Gov. Mitt Romney. Out of 295,560 total votes for Gwinnett, Romney had 159,563 people vote for him, giving him 54 percent of the vote, while Obama received 131,879 votes and 45 percent. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson received 4,118 votes, or 1 percent for Gwinnett. Who had the most Democratic votes? A handful of precincts received more than 70 percent of the vote in Obama's favor. But the precinct with the largest …
Patch editors covered Election Day in Gwinnett County from 7 a.m. throughout the day.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Here's a replay of how Gwinnett County Patch editors covered Election Day on Thursday. To see more coverage, click on the links below. Buford | Dacula | Duluth | Lawrenceville | Lilburn | Loganville/Grayson| Norcross | Peachtree Corners | Snellville | Suwanee 7:10 p.m. — From Lawrenceville Patch: Angel Pritchett, 21, voted for the first time at the Lawrenceville First Baptist Church. "It feels pretty good to come and hopefully make a difference," said Pritchett. "I just felt like it was my duty to [vote]." 6:40 p.m. — From Lawrenceville Patch: Voting at Lawrenceville Baptist Church trickled to single digits by 6:40 p.m., 20 minutes before the polls close. 6:30 p.m. — Dacula Patch columnist: There is more to do after Election Day. 6:15 p.m…