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3 escape Gwinnett house fire

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Firefighters responded on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 4:17 p.m., to an occupant report of a house in the 860 block of Hampton Hill Court in unincorporated Lawrenceville.

Crews found moderate smoke showing from a two-story wood frame house on arrival. Firefighters deployed attack hose lines and made immediate entry to conduct a primary search and battle the blaze. The fire was brought under control by initial fire crews using two 1-3/4 inch handlines.

The blaze caused extensive damage to the interior of the home and contents. The exact cause of the fire is unknown, but appears accidental and is still under investigation.

The smoke alarms inside the rental home were not working at the time. "We are fortunate that the teen awoke to the sound of the child in the room and discovered the smoke," said Gwinnett Fire Captain Tommy Rutledge.

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Gwinnett County lifeguards win state competition third year in a row

For the third year in a row, Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation (GCPR) took first place at the annual Georgia Recreation and Park Association State Lifeguarding Competition held on July 21 in Greene County. Six lifeguards from various GCPR aquatic centers earned spots on the team after proving their lifeguard skills and abilities during the tryouts. Virginia Brinkley, Christina Wang, Alex Wang, Brad Miller, Stephen Brinkley and Victor Barr studied lifeguard materials, swam and conditioned throughout the summer to prepare for the competition. There were 13 teams from across the state competing for the title.

Annual reading program features veteran and his service dog

Annual reading program features veteran and his service dog
Gwinnett County Public Library is proud to announce New York Times bestselling author Luis Carlos Montalván, a 17-year veteran and former U.S. Army captain, as the featured author for the 2014 One Book, One Community countywide reading program.
Montalván will be joined by his beloved service dog, Tuesday, for events on September 20 and 21.
Montalván and Tuesday will kick off the 2014 Suwanee Fest on Saturday, September 20 at 9 am as grand marshals for the Suwanee Fest Parade.
At 11:30 am on the Town Center Stage, Montalván will read from his children’s book, “Tuesday Tucks Me In: The Loyal Bond between a Soldier and his Service Dog,” which details a day in the life of this service dog extraordinaire as narrated by Tuesday.

Roadwork this week: Forsyth, Gwinnett, Hall

Roadwork this week: Forsyth, Gwinnett, Hall

(WXIA) -- Be careful, drivers -- Georgia Department of Transportation crews will be mowing in several areas of metro Atlanta this week.

Mowing typically only requires shoulder and median closures. However, workers will also patch asphalt on certain streets; patching involves a flagman or pilot vehicle directing cars through the work zone.

All projects will take place Monday, July 21 through Friday, July 25 from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily, weather permitting.

These projects are scheduled to take place in Forsyth, Gwinnett and Hall counties:

Forsyth County
* Mowing alongside Keith Bridge and Browns Bridge roads
* Asphalt removal and repair on Buford and Browns Bridge roads

Gwinnett County
* Mowing alongside Buford Highway
* Roadside litter pickup throughout the county

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Rain could cancel road projects for the weekend

Rain could cancel road projects for the weekend

(WXIA) -- The threat of rain this weekend could provide some welcome relief for Atlanta-area drivers.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has already postponed a handful of road projects, thanks to the weather.

WEATHER | 11Alive meteorologist Tracy Humphrey has your weekend forecast

Resurfacing on Interstate 20 in Rockdale and Newton counties, and concrete replacement on the west side of I-285 have been canceled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

GDOT said it plans to move ahead with scheduled resurfacing on I-20 between Douglasville and Villa Rica, as it is very close to finishing the work -- well ahead of its projected November completion date. However, rain may briefly halt crews.

Big Kenney, Mo Arora, Kelly Spillman bring laughter to Aurora Comedy Nights

Big Kenney, Mo Arora, Kelly Spillman bring laughter to Aurora Comedy Nights

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Aurora Theatre is set to continue its highly successful Aurora Comedy Nights on Friday, July 18 and Saturday, July 19.

Comedy enthusiasts are invited to spend an evening (or two) laughing and enjoying the reality-based humor of headliner Big Kenney, featuring the unique laughs of Mo Arora and Atlanta’s Top Comic semi-finalist Kelly Spillman. Katie Causey returns as host for this exciting two-night event that can’t be missed.

Shows will be at 7:15 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. Tickets may be purchased for $18 per person or with a Comedy Tix Pass at the box office, open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.

The Aurora Theatre is located at 128 East Pike Street in downtown Lawrenceville. Free parking is available in the city parking deck at 153 Crogan Street.

Visit auroratheatre.com for more information.

Chick-fil-A makes 5,900 meals for kids who receive free, reduced school lunch

Chick-fil-A makes 5,900 meals for kids who receive free, reduced school lunch

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- The owners of 60 metro Atlanta Chick-fil-A restaurants provided 5,900 lunches Wednesday to children in seven counties who typically receive free and reduced lunches at school, reports Marietta Daily Journal.

The food made its way to children through MUST Ministries, whose summer lunch program has been around for 19 years. Program volunteers meet at churches in Bartow, Cherokee, Cobb, Forsyth, Gwinnett, north Fulton, Paulding and Pickens counties five days a week to make, pack and deliver lunches to nearly 6,000 children across eight counties for 10 weeks during the summer.