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New principals named to 3 Gwinnett schools

New principals named to 3 Gwinnett schools

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- The Gwinnett County Board of Education has chosen new principals for three public elementary schools.

Ruth Westbrooks is now the principal of Puckett's Mill Elementary in Dacula. She most recently served as assistant principal at Partee Elementary in Snellville, a position she'd held since 2008.

Westbrooks has also worked as a teacher and a literacy coach. She holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Georgia State University and a master's degree in reading and literacy from Walden University. Westbrooks also earned certification in educational leadership from the University of West Georgia.

She replaces Michelle Farmer, who is now director of leadership development in the Division of Human Resources.

Clifton Alexander is the new principal at Simonton Elementary in Lawrenceville. He comes to the school from Meadowcreek Elementary in Norcross, where he had been an assistant principal since 2009.

Gwinnett Sheriff's captain passes away

Gwinnett Sheriff's captain passes away

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Laura Lynne Hicks, a 25-year veteran of the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office, passed away Tuesday.

Hicks had been battling cancer, the sheriff's office said. She was 48.

"Captain Laura Hicks was a true professional law enforcement officer who made a difference to her department, community and friends. If nothing else, the overwhelming number of people who volunteered to help Laura or called to express their concerns during her illness says volumes about the positive influence Laura had on people," Gwinnett County Sheriff Butch Walker said in a statement.

Hicks was hired as a deputy sheriff in May 1987 and served in virtually every division of the department as she climbed the ranks. She also graduated first in her class from the Northeast Georgia Regional Police Academy. Sheriff Conway made Hicks a captain in 2005.

Celebrity Softball Game played for childhood cancer research

Celebrity Softball Game played for childhood cancer research

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Atlanta Braves' All-Star catcher Brian McCann and his wife Ashley, along with Jet Sports Management and the Chipper Jones Family Foundation are now selling tickets for the Celebrity Softball Game on Saturday, November 3 at Coolray Field.

The McCann family, and the Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research are giving children 10 and under free admission. Students can attend the game for $5, and $10 for adults.

With the first pitch set for 12:35 p.m., The Varsity, Coca-cola and Caribou Coffee will sell food and drinks.

According to an Atlanta Braves spokesperson, the game serves as one of two events in the Delta Air Lines Double Play, which has raised over $1.3 million for childhood cancer research.



50 Ga. teens named to Student Advisory Council

50 Ga. teens named to Student Advisory Council

ATLANTA -- Fifty high school students from across Georgia have been selected to serve on the 2012-13 Student Advisory Council.

State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge announced the members of his council Friday.

"The Student Advisory Council allows me to hear directly from students in our schools and discuss major initiatives with them," Barge said in a statement. "The council also gives students the opportunity to share with me their ideas and concerns, which we can use to shape future state policies."

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More than 750 students from 121 Georgia school districts applied to serve on this year's council.

2012 Suzi Award nominees announced

2012 Suzi Award nominees announced

ATLANTA -- The nominees for this year's Suzi Bass Awards were announced Monday.

The Suzi Awards are among the top honors for Atlanta theater productions. This year's Suzi Nomination Party was held at the Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville, which scored 18 nominations.

Aurora's world premiere production of Clyde 'n Bonnie: A Folktale had 15 nominations -- the most of any play or musical. Second place went to Spring Awakening at Actor's Express with 10 nominations, while two shows tied for a third-place seven nominations -- Atlanta Lyric Theatre's Gypsy and Theatrical Outfit's Red.

Gwinnett commissioner pleads guilty to bribery

Gwinnett commissioner pleads guilty to bribery

ATLANTA -- Gwinnett County Commissioner Shirley Lasseter has pleaded guilty in federal court in Atlanta to a charge of accepting bribes in exchange for her support of a proposed real estate development in her district.

Lasseter, her son John Fanning and Carl "Skip" Cain all pleaded guilty Thursday in the bribery scheme. Fanning and Cain also pleaded guilty to a drug trafficking charge.

Lasseter and Cain accepted thousands of dollars in cash last year from an undercover FBI agent posing as a businessman. Fanning was promised a 50 percent stake in a pawn shop that was to be part of the project.

The agent told the three he was involved in drug trafficking, and Fanning and Cain made it clear to him that they would like to get involved with that.