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Gwinnett Medical Center names new Heart & Vascular Center

Gwinnett Medical Center names new Heart & Vascular Center

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- The new Heart & Vascular Center at Gwinnett Medical Center will be named the Strickland Heart Center, the hospital announced Thursday.

The naming is in honor of Clyde and Sandra Strickland, who donated $3.2 million to the medical center -- its largest-ever total gift.

"The significant generosity of the Stricklands helped us realize the vision of advanced and comprehensive cardiovascular services in the Gwinnett community at an accelerated pace," said Phil Wolfe, president and CEO of Gwinnett Medical Center. "Without their gift, it would have taken much longer to pay for the new Heart & Vascular Center."

Several of the Stricklands' friends and family have suffered heart problems, and many had to be treated in Atlanta because of a lack of comprehensive cardiac services in the northern suburbs, which is why they felt so passionate about the Heart & Vascular Center, according to the hospital.

Georgia Gwinnett College hires women's soccer coach

Georgia Gwinnett College hires women's soccer coach

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- A veteran soccer coach has been chosen to lead the new women's soccer program at Georgia Gwinnett College.

Domenic Martelli comes to Gwinnett with 18 years of Division I coaching experience. He spent the last 12 seasons at Georgia State University, where he quickly became the winningest coach in school history.

"It's thrilling to be a part of what is beginning to take place at GGC," Martelli said. "This is a golden opportunity -- a college growing academically, technologically and, of course, athletically."

RELATED: GGC hires first baseball coach

GWINNETT: Court to consider speedy trial claim

GWINNETT: Court to consider speedy trial claim

ATLANTA -- A death penalty defendant who has been awaiting trial for a Gwinnett County killing since March 2005 is asking Georgia's top court to dismiss all charges for violations of his right to a speedy trial for the second time in less than two years.

Khahn Dinh Phan is asking the Georgia Supreme Court to dismiss his charges because he said the state has "chronically underfunded" the death penalty defense system.

Phan was accused of the December 2004 shootings of a Vietnamese couple and their two-year-old son over a gambling debt. The father and son died, while the wife suffered severe injuries.

Phan was appointed two public defenders, but the case lagged amid a funding delay. Prosecutors say Phan brought the delays upon himself.

DULUTH: Gingrich to address Ga. GOP forum

DULUTH: Gingrich to address Ga. GOP forum

DULUTH, Ga. -- Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is set to speak at a Republican presidential forum in Gwinnett County.

The former House Speaker will address the 7th congressional district GOP in Duluth Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Seventh District GOP Chairman Jason Thompson said the open, town hall-style format will provide Georgians "an up-close and personal opportunity to meet and hear candidates in person, instead of just on television."

Thompson said the group has invited all Republican primary presidential candidates to come for individual sessions before the group and is hopeful more will choose to attend.

Gingrich, a former congressman from Georgia, is trailing frontrunners Mitt Romney, Herman Cain and Rick Perry in public opinion polls.

Watts named interim president of Georgia Highlands

Watts named interim president of Georgia Highlands

ROME, Ga. -- Rob Watts has been named interim president of Georgia Highlands College in Rome.

Watts will assume the presidency in January after current president Randy Pierce retires. Watts served as interim president from 2000 until Pierce was appointed in 2001, back when the school was called Floyd College.

"Rob is one of the University System's most experienced leaders, given his responsibilities at the System Office as well as leadership roles at three other institutions," said USG Chancellor Hank Huckaby. "We are extremely fortunate to be able to call upon his skills in this important assignment at Georgia Highlands."

Nominate A Child For Bert’s Big Adventure!

Nominate A Child For Bert’s Big Adventure!

Do you know any children ages 5-12 that have a chronic or terminal illness and live in the Atlanta-area? If so, they probably qualify for Bert's Big Adventure! Download the application or nominate a child.

To qualify, children must be between the ages of 5 and 12 years old, live in “The Bert Show” radio listening area (All the Hits Q100, 99.7 FM) in metro Atlanta, prove financial need and have never been to Walt Disney World®.

ASO to honor Metro Atlanta music teachers

ASO to honor Metro Atlanta music teachers

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will hold an appreciation ceremony for more than 180 Atlanta-area music teachers Friday evening.

The teachers will be recognized at 7 p.m. by ASO president Stanley Romanstein. Afterward, the instructors will attend the evening's concert featuring the music of Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninov and Mussorgsky.

ASO cellist Joel Dallow will also receive a special award from Romanstein for his arts education advocacy work throughout Georgia.

Both the 8 p.m. concert and the preceding reception will take place at the Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree Street NE, Midtown.