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Gwinnett County redistricting affects 14K students

Gwinnett County redistricting affects 14K students

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- The state's biggest school district is reshuffling thousands of student because of redistricting.

Officials say there has been so much growth in Gwinnett County that they've had to build new schools. That means some 14,000 students are being moved.

Most of the changes are happening in the west and central part of the county.

One big catalyst is a brand new high school in Lawrenceville off Old Norcross Road. It will create a new cluster. If you travel 2.7 miles down the road, you can see what kind of shake-up it creates.

In the Waterford community, every child will be going to a different school next year, much to the chagrin of some parents.

But just down the street, the redistricting is actually good news for high school students who get a brand new building.

Unemployment up slightly in August

Unemployment up slightly in August

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate climbed again in August.

The rate was 8.0 percent, up slightly from July's 7.9 percent. It was also 7.9 percent in August 2013.

Gwinnett County's preliminary unemployment rate was 7.2 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said despite the rate increase, metro Atlanta added nearly 6,000 jobs in August, mostly in government; education and health services; manufacturing; and construction. Fewer Atlanta-area residents also filed for unemployment insurance in August than in July.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest August unemployment rate at 6.4 percent. Metro Dalton's was the highest at 10.7 percent.

Property taxes due Oct. 1

Property taxes due Oct. 1

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- It's that time of year again for Gwinnett County homeowners.

Property taxes are due Wednesday, Oct. 1. Residents have four ways of paying the tax -- online, through the mail, by drop box or in person.

Those who choose to pay online can do so at gwinnetttaxcommissioner.com. It is free to pay by check. There is a flat fee of $3.95 to pay by debit card, while credit cards have a 2.29 percent service fee.

Mailed-in payments can be sent to the Gwinnett County Tax Commissioner, P.O. Box 372, Lawrenceville, 30046.

All tax commissioner offices have drop boxes where property tax payments can be left. Tax commissioner officers will also accept in-person payments.

For more information, call Gwinnett County at 770-822-8800.

Snellville moves forward with new high end housing development

Snellville moves forward with new high end housing development

SNELLVILLE, Ga. -- An idea to construct a high end, mixed use development in Snellville moved forward Tuesday night despite a groundswell of opposition.

The plan is to build homes and apartments for all ages near New Hampton Drive and Tree Lane. To do that the area must be rezoned. Currently it is designated for senior living.

Those speaking out against "Eastside Village" cited increased traffic and the overcrowding of schools among reasons not to build.

The developers believe there is room on for their property, and feel it will enhance the gateway to the city.

They also agreed to augment their plan based on a list of conditions suggested by the zoning commission.

"I just don't see this in our future in Snellville," said Carol Brown.

"I think we will regroup and talk to city council in the next month to make sure they understand," said John Anderson.

Teens sought in connection with Gwinnett house fire

Teens sought in connection with Gwinnett house fire

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Gwinnett County Fire officials want to speak with two teens spotted near the scene of a fire at an abandoned house.

The fire broke out at around 6:40 p.m. Saturday at a structure in the 1900 block of Lawrenceville Suwanee Road. Crews were dispatched to the scene after receiving multiple 911 calls from neighbors.

The single-story house was completely engulfed when firefighters arrived. Gwinnett County Fire Capt. Tommy Rutledge said it was not the first fire at the location, but the building was a total loss after Saturday's event. No one was hurt.

As the house had no utilities, Rutledge said investigators believe the fire was intentionally set.

Same old story: Weekend roadwork on I-285, I-20

Same old story: Weekend roadwork on I-285, I-20

(WXIA) -- The weekend will be dry, weather-wise, but with sunshine comes roadwork.

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Georgia Department of Transportation crews will be on several roads throughout metro Atlanta. As always, drivers are asked to be cautious when traveling through work zones.

Look out for workers in these areas:

Cobb County
* Two southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Atlanta Road and South Cobb Drive from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement.
* Two Inner Loop lanes and one Outer Loop lane of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and Cobb Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign installation.

Man stabs stepfather to death over puppy

Man stabs stepfather to death over puppy

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- A 23-year-old man is in jail after fatally stabbing his stepfather during an argument.

It happened shortly after 1 a.m. Wednesday at a house in the 300 block of Congress Parkway in unincorporated Lawrenceville.

Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Edwin Ritter said the argument started over a puppy. The suspect, Diamond Mason, brought the puppy into the home about a week ago. Mason's stepfather, 51-year-old Joseph Kollie, didn't approve and asked the suspect to remove the puppy.

The pair's final argument about the puppy began late Tuesday night. At some point, Mason grabbed two large kitchen knives and stabbed Kollie several times, Ritter said.

Kollie was pronounced dead at the scene. Mason was charged with felony murder and aggravated assault, and is being held without bond in the Gwinnett County Jail.