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Homeowners can help by fixing water leaks

 Homeowners can help by fixing water leaks

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- (submitted by the Gwinnett County Government) Gwinnett water officials are urging homeowners to check for common leaks in toilets, faucets and underground irrigation systems as the county continues to conserve its water usage.

“A slow leak in a toilet can waste 10,000 gallons a year – enough to fill a backyard swimming pool,” says Lynn Smarr, Acting Director of Water Resources. She says putting a few drops of food coloring in the toilet tank will reveal a flapper-valve leak if the coloring shows up in the bowl within 10 minutes. The County also offers a rebate program to encourage replacing pre-1993 toilets that use 3.5 gallons/flush with new WaterSense models that use only 1.28 gallons.

All Gwinnett water meters have a small black triangle that spins when even a tiny amount of water is going through the meter.

Possible Meth Lab Uncovered in Idlewood Apartments

Possible Meth Lab Uncovered in Idlewood Apartments

DULUTH – (Gwinnett County Sherrif’s Department) The Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department and Immigration Customs Enforcement agents arrested three men Thursday night in an apartment off Boggs Road after they discovered a large amount of methamphetamine inside the residence while serving a search warrant.

Deputies along with ICE agents were at the location in order to serve a warrant based on a tip they received. The incident occurred at Idlewood Apartments at 1435 Boggs Road in Duluth.

Upon entry into the apartment, they found four to five gallons of liquid methamphetamine, approximately 158 grams of crystal methamphetamine and a semi-automatic weapon.

They contacted the county’s Hazmat team and DEA also was notified of the hazardous materials on scene.

County Receives Two Donations

County Receives Two Donations

LAWRENCEVILLE – Commissioners today accepted donations from two organizations, one that will help with transportation needs for seniors and persons with disabilities and another that brings an interactive learning exhibit to Gwinnett County.

The Friends of Gwinnett Senior Services donated $39,371 to be used for the Transportation Voucher Program in Gwinnett. Recently, federal funds were granted from the New Freedom Act to support a limited number of seniors and persons with disabilities with vouchers to support the cost of transportation for essential trips with priority given to medical appointments and medical procedures.

Public transportation, including paratransit, is limited to certain corridors in the county and cannot meet the transportation needs for all those who need special transportation.

Mattie's Call: Herbert Shanks

The Gwinnett County Police Department is asking for your assistance in locating a missing elderly man, Herbert Shanks, 73, believed to have Alzheimer’s or Dementia. It was reported to police that this missing man had failed to return home after he drove away from his residence the previous morning.

Mr. Shanks was last seen preparing to leave his residence in a 1993 white colored Ford Thunderbird. This vehicle bears a Maryland License plate, “8DVZ58.”

It is possible that Mr. Shanks is attempting to travel from Georgia to Maryland or the Washington D.C. area. He is described as a 74 year-old black male, standing approximately5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing approximately 175 pounds. He has gray hair and brown eyes.

This missing man was last seen by family at his residence in the 3900 block of Stillwater Drive.

Whole Foods Market Farmer-Owned Storewide Event, Saturday and Sunday

Meet the brand representatives and farmers who grow and produce products including dairy, juice, pork, rice, produce at the Whole Foods Market ‘Farmer Owned Storewide Event’ tomorrow and Sunday.

At the Whole Foods Market Farmer-Owned Storewide Event, you’ll get the inside scoop on exactly where your food comes from, what is in it, how it’s made and equally important, why it’s important for you to support farmer-owned brands and cooperatives. 

Participants will be able to sample delicious farm fresh products. During the events, guests will enjoy free samples of the represented products, receive coupons for participating brands, and interact with the farmer-owners and representatives of their respective brands.

                                 October 23 from 11 a.m.

Mother Continues Her Fight Against HIV, Despite Her Son’s Death

Atlanta, GA--  Marty Mitchell’s son, Brett Lykins, was diagnosed with HIV at age seven. Premature at birth in 1980, Brett had received a blood transfusion that infected him with the disease. As he grew up, Brett proudly served as the youth spokesperson for AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run until age 18. Though he passed away in 2007, at age 27, his mother continues to tell his story and hopes that one day, the virus that cut her son’s life short, will be a thing of the past.   

After Brett was diagnosed, Marty attended a couple of support meetings at AID Atlanta, but was living in Duluth and needed a group that was closer to home. “In 1989, I read about a couple in Loganville whose son was dying of AIDS,” she recalled. “They started a support group in their gun shop with an answering machine, which later led to the creation of AID Gwinnett.”

Brett went to public school and his mom did her best to play the hand they were dealt.