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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.

2014 SAT scores: Gwinnett County

2014 SAT scores: Gwinnett County

(WXIA) -- Georgia's 2014 SAT scores were released Tuesday morning.

About 77 percent of the state's high school seniors took the test in 2014. Mean scores include:

State of Georgia
Critical Reading: 488
Math: 485
Writing: 472

In Gwinnett County, 8,301 students took the SAT in 2014. Mean scores include:

Gwinnett County
Critical Reading: 503
Math: 514
Writing: 488

Here are the SAT breakdowns for each Gwinnett County public high school:

Archer HS
392 test-takers
Critical Reading: 489
Math: 492
Writing: 469

Berkmar HS
366 test-takers
Critical Reading: 454
Math: 453
Writing: 437

Brookwood HS
736 test-takers
Critical Reading: 533
Math: 550
Writing: 524

HoneyBaked Ham adding 10,000 holiday workers

HoneyBaked Ham adding 10,000 holiday workers

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- HoneyBaked Ham will hire 10,000 people for part-time holiday jobs.

The Atlanta-based glazed ham and turkey retailer said that’s a 600-percent total increase in its workforce across 400 stores. The company operates 21 stores in metro Atlanta.

“More than 2.5 million customers invite HoneyBaked to their important holiday gatherings during the holiday season company-wide, from Thanksgiving through the start of the new year,” said President and COO Maggie DeCan. “We’re happy to employ 10,000 people during the holidays when many need an extra income. These seasonal employees are instrumental in HoneyBaked’s ability to deliver our great products to our millions of cherished customers during our busiest season.”

Pike Nurseries to host Gardenfest event

Pike Nurseries to host Gardenfest event

ATLANTA –- As an official kickoff to the fall season, Pike Nurseries is hosting its annual Gardenfest event on Thursday, Sept. 25 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at all garden center locations.

While stocking up on autumn essentials, guests can take advantage of store-wide specials throughout the evening! All regular price items (excluding grills, propane, sod, pine straw, gift cards and services) will be 20 percent off. Customers can also enjoy complimentary wine tastings and appetizers.

Please visit www.pikenursery.com for local store information.

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.

More toll lanes proposed for I-85 in Gwinnett

More toll lanes proposed for I-85 in Gwinnett

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Ten miles of new toll lanes are proposed for Interstate 85 in Gwinnett County. The new lanes would be constructed north of the existing I-85 Express lanes and be located entirely within Gwinnett County.

Lanes would begin on I-85 at Old Peachtree Road and would extend to Hamilton Mill Road.

A public meeting and open house sessions are scheduled for Saturday, Monday and Oct. 2.

"These lanes will be designed to improve traffic flow, increase options for motorists and transit and registered vanpool customers, provide reliable trip times, create jobs and bring economic benefits to the residents of this region," the Georgia Department of Transportation says on its website.

And like existing I-85 toll lanes, the new lanes would be managed by a variable priced tolling system.

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.