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Flu Shots at Discover Mills

Flu Shot lines can be a pain around this time of year. Get a WellCheck mall pass.

WellCheck, Next Generation Healthcare, will debut a new approach of pop-up flu defense clinics featuring licensed nurses administering the flu shot at Discover Mills (5900 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville).  Educators will also be available to answer questions related to this year’s flu season. The WellCheck kiosk will be available from now until October 24 on Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.       

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Residents Take Battle for Briscoe to Gwinnett Commission

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA -- There's a brewing battle over a small airport in Lawrenceville. Some envision the airport expanding to accommodate commercial traffic; others say "no way". Whether or not the expansion will take off remains to be seen.

"I don't want jets over the top of my head," Lawrenceville resident and Briscoe Field neighbor Barbara Firestine said Tuesday.

For Firestine, the mere suggestion that the historically quiet Briscoe Field be expanded to accommodate commercial airline traffic is a nightmare. For the past 15 years, she's lived within earshot of the buzzing propellers of most of Briscoe Field's traffic.

She moved here from Ft. Lauderdale, to escape the ever expanding airport there. Now, Firestine is faced with the proposition that the Briscoe could expand, too. "That's not what we signed up for when we bought in Gwinnett County," she said.

Aurora Swing Dance at 550 Trackside

This year marks the Aurora theatre’s third year presenting the popular concert series, Swing Night at Aurora Theatre. In an effort to expand this series while giving folks who want to get up and dance a better opportunity to do so, the series will become Aurora’s Swing Dance at 550 Trackside (550 North Clayton Street, Lawrenceville) and feature the Metro Jazz Club. The event will take place on Friday September 24 at 550 Trackside which is one of Gwinnett County’s premier event facilities at 8:00pm.

550 Trackside is located just north of the Lawrenceville square, right across for the old Lawrenceville train depot. The building has completely been restored and is absolutely gorgeous with striking architectural features that have remained through its 100 years of existence. Granite walls, archways and original wood have been restored to their original form.

Three Local Banks Closed By Federal Regulators

WASHINGTON (AP) - Regulators have shut down three Georgia banks and one each in New Jersey and Ohio, boosting to 124 the number of U.S. bank failures this year amid the tough economic climate and growing loan defaults.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. on Friday took over the Georgia banks: Bank of Ellijay, in Ellijay, with $168.8 million in assets; First Commerce Community Bank of Douglasville, with $248.2 million in assets; and Peoples Bank, based in Winder, with $447.2 million in assets.

The FDIC also seized ISN Bank in Cherry Hill, N.J., with $81.6 million in assets, and Bramble Savings Bank of Milford, Ohio, with assets of $47.5 million.

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How to Avoid Weekend Roadwork

ATLANTA -- Road crews are revving their engines ahead of weekend work around Metro Atlanta, weather permitting. Here is how to avoid getting caught in the congestion.

Clayton/DeKalb/Henry: I-675 Northbound

8 p.m. Friday - 5 a.m. Monday: One rolling left lane closure between I-75 and I-285.

Take I-75 as an alternate.

DeKalb: I-20 Eastbound

9 p.m. Friday - 5 am Monday: Two left lanes closed between Exit 74 / Evans Mill Rd. and 1 mile east of Turner Hill Road.

I-20 Eastbound Alternate (North of I-20): Exit onto Panola Road and go left. Follow Panola Road to Covington Hwy. and turn right. Follow Covington Hwy. to either Turner Hill Road or Sigman Road. Turn right on either one and follow back to I-20 Eastbound.

Finalists for the Hudgens Prize

The Hudgens Center, a non-profit organization that has been focused on supporting the arts in Georgia since its establishment in 1981; is delighted to announce the names of five finalists for the Hudgens Prize visual arts competition.

Georgia Gwinnett College's Annual Convocation

Yesterday, Georgia Gwinnett College officially welcomed more than 2,300 first-time students into its academic community through a convocation ceremony.  

Convocation traditions are centuries old, their significance and purpose have not changed. GGC’s convocation ceremony is based on its commitment to student engagement and success.

A grand processional of students passed through the Arch of Knowledge into the ceremony area. They then took their seats on the quad, the first students to be honored in the college’s new ceremonial venue.  The program featured keynote speaker Dr. Jeffrey Rosensweig, director of the Global Perspectives Program at Emory University. Rosensweig encouraged the students to take full advantage of the opportunities, college presented them.

GGC’s convocation ceremony was attended by the college’s faculty, and hundreds of friends, family members and other guests.