Lawrenceville to Host Halloween Spooktacular on the Square

Posted on: October 13th, 2016 at 5:36 pm


Lawrenceville to Host Halloween Spooktacular on the Square

Family-Friendly Activities around the Downtown Square on October 28th


With Halloween quickly approaching, the City of Lawrenceville invites the local community and visitors to its inaugural “Spooktacular on the Square” event, Friday October 28, from 6-8 p.m.  The City welcomes guests of all ages who dare to walk the square to enjoy and evening of Halloween fun in Downtown Lawrenceville.

“We prioritize hosting events in Lawrenceville that can serve as an opportunity for local families to come out and enjoy their entire community,” said Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson. “Family-friendly Spooktacular on the Square will feature trick-or-treating and fun costumes as well as Lawrenceville’s Historic Ghost Tours hosted by the Aurora Theatre.”

Guests who are interested in experiencing Lawrenceville’s Historic Ghost Tours while learning about the City’s rich history and strong culture can register for the tour at Available through the Aurora Theatre, Lawrenceville’s Historic Ghost Tours feature tales based on local legends handed down over the decades and recent paranormal findings.  Spooktacular guests are encouraged to register today for one of the popular 90-minute tours of some of Lawrenceville’s most haunted locations and the stories behind its most bizarre events – each narrated with the charm of an authentic Southern storyteller.

City officials ensure that visitors will receive complete the Halloween experience in the Downtown area as local businesses participating in the Spooktacular festivities will be sporting costumes, handing out Halloween treats, and offering special Halloween deals.

From one celebration to another, following the Halloween amusement, the City of Lawrenceville will host a Hometown Christmas Parade on Friday, December 2nd, at 7 pm. The parade will feature an appearance by the Budweiser Clydesdales, as well as Santa Clause, who will both be available for photo opportunities. For those groups interested in participating in the parade, please click here for the Parade Application.

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Lawrenceville Earns Coveted Award for Financial Reporting

Posted on: October 12th, 2016 at 5:39 pm


Lawrenceville Earns Coveted Award for Financial Reporting

Highest Form of Governmental Accounting Recognition Granted to City Finance Department



The City of Lawrenceville’s Finance Department has been awarded its first-ever “Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting” (CAFR) award by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA). This annual award is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. The honor has been received after the City’s first attempt at the CAFR process, which represents a significant accomplishment by a government agency and its management team.

“Lawrenceville’s mission to provide the highest quality services to its citizens and business community is achieved through the talents of a well-trained and knowledgeable staff,” said Chuck Warbington, City Manager. “We are proud of our Finance Department for attaining this notable achievement and maintaining Lawrenceville’s standard of expertise.”

The CAFR is judged by an impartial panel in order to maintain the program’s high standards and integrity.  Lawrenceville Finance Director, Donna Wiernik added, “We really appreciate the constant support of our Mayor and Council. Our team worked very hard to compile this report, which includes ten years of statistical information.”

The City of Lawrenceville aims to continue this level of excellence within the Finance Department and all other departments in order to better serve the community. Moving forward, the City’s Finance Department hopes to obtain a CAFR certificate each year while continuing to provide quality financial reports for the citizens of Lawrenceville.

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Budweiser Clydesdales Come To Lawrenceville

Posted on: October 6th, 2016 at 5:43 pm


Budweiser Clydesdales Come To Lawrenceville

Inaugural Christmas Parade on December 2nd to feature Iconic Carriage & Horses



In partnership with Eagle Rock Distributing Company, the City of Lawrenceville’s inaugural Christmas Parade will feature the Budweiser Carriage and Clydesdales. The Clydesdales, renowned for their appearance in the national chain’s marketing campaign, are scheduled to stroll into Downtown Lawrenceville on Friday, December 2nd, adding the finishing touch to the City’s first-ever Hometown Christmas event.

“Our events and programs support community engagement and further drive economic impact for our downtown business district,” said Chuck Warbington, City Manager of Lawrenceville. “Being able to launch our Christmas Parade program with a nationally recognized brand only serves to further those goals and bring heightened awareness and exposure of Lawrenceville to the Metro Atlanta region. We are grateful to Eagle Rock for this opportunity!”

The Christmas Parade is scheduled to begin promptly at 7pm on Friday, December 2nd, 2016 and will originate in the Downtown area. City officials encourage guests to arrive with their cameras ready as the Clydesdales will be available for a brief time post-parade to allow for general photo ops with the crowd.

“The community support that fills Lawrenceville is undeniable and the City has been a great partner to work with during past events so we were thrilled to provide them with the opportunity to add the Budweiser Clydesdales to their Christmas Parade,” said Andrew Lorimer, Director of Marketing at Eagle Rock Distributing Company.

Along with the parade, Lawrenceville’s Hometown Christmas event will also feature Santa Claus, community floats, Christmas activities and more. For those groups interested in participating in the parade, please complete and submit the Participant Application.

Following the Christmas Parade, the City will gear up for the 2017 event season and a new calendar will be posted prior to the end of the year. For more information on the City of Lawrenceville, please visit

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City of Lawrenceville and Downtown Development Authority Announce Recipients of the Heritage Trail Medallion

Posted on: October 5th, 2016 at 5:41 pm


City of Lawrenceville and Downtown Development Authority Announce Recipients of the Heritage Trail Medallion

The Heritage Trail Walkway Commemorates Willie Frank Bailey and James Victor Hood, Sr.



The City of Lawrenceville and the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) have announced Willie Frank Bailey and James Victor Hood, Sr. as the 2017 recipients of the Heritage Trail medallions and recognition. The walking trail was constructed in 2013 to pay homage to individuals – throughout Gwinnett County history – who have made significant influences to the city. The walkway commences at the Gwinnett Fallen Heroes Memorial, ends in front of the Rhodes Jordan Park and is marked all along the way by medallions commemorating individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the development or wellbeing of Lawrenceville and/or its residents.

“We are very pleased with our 2017 recipients of the Heritage Trail Medallion,” said Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson. “This year’s honorees were known for investing their personal time, efforts, and finances into the betterment of the Lawrenceville community and its residents.”

Willie Frank Bailey founded W.F. Bailey’s Construction Company and was among the first African American business owners, both in Lawrenceville and Gwinnett County. He invested in the City of Lawrenceville by serving on the Lawrenceville Housing Authority, offering his craftsmanship skills, serving on the St. Vincent De Paul Society, and serving as a member of the Saint Lawrence Catholic Church. Bailey offered several hundred men and women in the community an opportunity for employment and even inspired many of his employees to also explore entrepreneurship.

Likewise, after moving to Lawrenceville in 1924 to join the Agriculture Finance Corporation, James Victor (Jim Vic) Hood, Sr. established himself as a true leader and mentor in the community. He later moved on to the First National Bank of Lawrenceville, where he served for 44 years as a Cashier, Executive Vice President, President, and Chairman of the Board of Directors. Under his leadership, the First National Bank of Lawrenceville became the largest bank in Gwinnett County before it was eventually sold in 1986. A notable member of the community, Hood was known for his dedication to supporting Lawrenceville’s citizens. He was known to offer personal loans to assist those who couldn’t qualify based on bank standards and often assisted individuals whose needs the bank could not afford. In 1938, he founded Hood Insurance Agency, which continues to serve the needs of Lawrenceville citizens today.

Medallion recipients are chosen annually and as the trail continues to grow, residents and tourists are able to explore the community and learn much more about its history.

The application and nomination process will begin again on March 15, 2017 and will continue through May 15. Applications will be available for download at and can be returned to the Economic Development Office at City Hall or emailed to

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Lawrenceville Police Department Outfits Officers with Body-Worn Cameras

Posted on: October 4th, 2016 at 3:47 pm



Lawrenceville Police Department Outfits Officers with Body-Worn Cameras

City Council approves $161,297 in Asset Forfeiture Funds for Acquisition



The City of Lawrenceville voted to outfit Lawrenceville Police Officers with body-worn cameras at its October 2016 Council meeting. The Department will use asset forfeiture funds to acquire 75 body cameras, 9 in-car cameras and warranty packages that will adequately supply each on-duty officer with the necessary equipment.

“It is important to us that our Lawrenceville Police Department is equipped with the appropriate technology to effectively protect and serve our community,” said Chuck Warbington, City Manager. “We are eager to repurpose these seized funds for the benefit of our businesses, residents, and visitors alike.”

Body-worn cameras are used to preserve evidence and provide an accurate account of activity for on-duty officers.

Chief Randy Johnson added, “The Lawrenceville Police Department already maintains a high level of accountability with its officers. Having a video record of events while on-duty will support our regular routine and ability to serve the community.”

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Explore Gwinnett Announces Artober Gwinnett

Posted on: September 30th, 2016 at 3:51 pm


Month-long initiative will promote and support local arts

September 29, 2016 (Duluth, GA) – The Gwinnett Convention and Visitors Bureau (GCVB, doing business as Explore Gwinnett) today announced the beginning of a month-long arts initiative, Artober Gwinnett. This celebration of arts and culture, taking place the entire month of October, aims to inform and inspire our resident’s and visitor’s awareness of, and participation in, the arts.

In its inaugural year, Artober Gwinnett will focus on educating the community about the depth and breadth of arts activities and events that take place countywide. Explore Gwinnett will work to highlight at least one artistic event every day during the month of October through the Artober website, various social media channels, blog posts and e-newsletters.

“Through Artober Gwinnett we hope to engage people in local arts and culture,” said Lisa Anders, executive director of Explore Gwinnett. “The arts are an integral part of our community, and we want this campaign to bolster our arts partners, as well as encourage locals and visitors to participate in various artistic experiences.”

Explore Gwinnett has partnered with several local organizations to drive the campaign. Lionheart Theatre has donated tickets for promotional giveaways to support Artober. Other organizations will be hosting featured Artober Gwinnett events in conjunction with Explore Gwinnett, including:

  • Eddie Owen Presents Songwriter’s Open Mic Night Pre-Reception, October 9 & 23
  • Hot Art & Cool Jazz with Painting with a Twist and Riley’s on the Square, October 15
  • Suwanee Walk & Wine Sculptour with North Gwinnett Arts Association, October 16
  • Spirits & Spirits: Ghost Stories & Cocktails with Aurora Theatre, October 17
  • Intaglio Demo for Hudgens Center Family Day, October 22

“As the largest arts organization in Gwinnett, to be successful, Aurora Theatre needs to be a destination for travelers and also our region,” explains Al Stilo, director of sales and marketing for Aurora Theatre. “Artober Gwinnett will showcase the arts in a very meaningful way to residents and visitors form near and far, highlighting a winning quality of life asset in our great county. With 141 October events, Aurora Theatre continues our great partnership with Explore Gwinnett.”

Artober Gwinnett includes events in visual and performing arts, music, craft, film and more. In addition to the featured events listed above, arts events that are happening throughout the county are highlighted on the Artober Gwinnett calendar.

Artober Gwinnett coincides with National Arts & Humanities Month, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

To learn more, visit and sign up for news about Artober Gwinnett.


About Explore Gwinnett The Gwinnett Convention and Visitors Bureau (GCVB, doing business as Explore Gwinnett) is Gwinnett County’s official tourism organization and is dedicated to strengthening Gwinnett County’s economy by marketing the county as a destination for conventions, sporting events, meetings, trade shows and leisure travel through sales, marketing and promotion. Explore Gwinnett is also the home of the Gwinnett Sports Commission, the county’s official sports marketing division.


Jessica Whittingslow,, 470-899-2226

Victoria Hawkins,, 678-314-8340

Lawrenceville Earns Second American Public Gas Association Recognition

Posted on: September 27th, 2016 at 4:11 pm

Lawrenceville Earns Second American Public Gas Association Recognition

Gas Utilities Department Receives Safety Award

The City of Lawrenceville’s Gas Utilities Department received it second award of the year from the American Public Gas Association. For the second consecutive year, the department received the “Safety Award” which recognized the team based on the number of employee hours worked and the number of hours lost to accident or injury during the 2015 calendar year.

“We are very proud to be the home of an award-winning gas utilities department,” said Chuck Warbington, City Manager. “The City invests significant time and resources into ensuring that our gas utilities department is run safely and efficiently for the benefit of both our employees and customers.”

Earlier this year, the department also earned System Operational Achievement Recognition (SOAR) at the SILVER level from the American Public Gas Association. SOAR is designed to recognize those public gas systems that have achieved excellence in the operation of their natural gas utility.

“The Gas Department has worked diligently to improve on our safety record,” said Mike Hutchins, Gas Department Director. “This award shows the continued success in this area.”
Two years ago, the local community experienced several outages due to low gas pressures. The City of Lawrenceville’s gas department proposed two major projects – recently approved by City Council – that will serve to solve the gas pressure issue in the community. The City has selected a contractor to implement these projects and logistics are currently being coordinated. The goal is to design and develop a new delivery point into the natural gas system and to create a 12 inch 13 mile pipe that will run from Walnut Grove into the Grayson area.

To find out more about the City of Lawrenceville and the projects taking place around town, visit

City Maintenance Project Announcement

Posted on: September 27th, 2016 at 10:37 am

City Maintenance Project Announcement:

The City of Lawrenceville Gas Department will be performing maintenance on many of our residential gas meters. This project will require us to interrupt service to your home while we complete our upgrades. We apologize for any inconvenience and we will relight your pilots free of charge after our work is completed. If your service has been interrupted due to this project we will leave a door hanger notice and you can contact our office at 770-963-3332 for service reconnection.


Drought Response Declaration and Water Conservation Reminder

Posted on: September 13th, 2016 at 11:47 am

Drought Response Declaration

On September 9, 2016, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division declared a state-wide Level 1 drought response.  In response to this declaration, the City of Lawrenceville Water Department would like to remind residents of current restrictions, as well as other ways to conserve water.  The declaration follows a wet winter, but a dry spring and summer.  According to the National Weather Service, from March through August, Atlanta received 16.59 inches of rain – around 8.5 inches less than the 30 year average for the same six-month period.  We do not know how long the dry weather will continue.  Rainfall may return to normal, but we need to be prepared for the possibility that this is a long-term drought.

Watering Restrictions

The City of Lawrenceville follows the state’s permanent year-round outdoor watering restrictions, which allows landscape and lawn irrigation any day of the week, between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m.  Currently, all other outdoor water use is allowed any day, any time.  Click here for Frequently Asked Questions about current guidelines for Outdoor Water Use.

City of Lawrenceville Response

 The City has a robust track record of water conservation.  Since its creation in 2001, the City has been a member of and has participated in an array of Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District (MNGWPD) initiatives including:

  • A toilet rebate program that has replaced more than 250 high efficiency toilets in the City alone.
  • A multi-tiered pricing structure that charges higher rates the more water that is used, encouraging conservation.

 Steps City of Lawrenceville Residents Can Take To Conserve Water

It’s important to note that dry periods are part of the normal weather cycle.  We do not know how long this drought may last, so we all need to do our part to conserve.

As a reminder, here are some ways City of Lawrenceville residents can save water:

  • Using a rain gauge to determine how much it has rained over the week before watering outdoor plants. Most outdoor plants need an inch of water per week.
  • Water in several short sessions instead of one long session. This reduces runoff and allows water to infiltrate into soil and plant roots.
  • Only water lawns when needed. If the blades of grass don’t bounce back after walking across the lawn, it is time to water.  Water lawns and plants in the early morning or late in the evening.
  • Check and repair leaks inside and outside the home.
  • Shorten showers an turn off water when shaving or brushing teeth.
  • Fill dishwashers and washing machines. Make sure there is a full load every time.

Public Notice – Phone Scammers Targeting Utility Customers

Posted on: September 7th, 2016 at 2:49 pm

Warning!  Scammers Calling in Attempt to Defraud Customers


Please be aware!  The City’s Utility Department and Police Department have received reports that scammers are calling Utility Customers stating that the customer’s account is past due and then threatening to disconnect their service.

In one particular case, the scammer went to the extreme to “spoof” the City’s main phone number to make it look like the call was actually coming from City Hall.  The scammer told the customer that their last three online payments were not processed and demanded that the customer pay by a pre-paid card acquired from a local grocery store.  The customer was smart and came to City Hall to verify in person.  The Police Department was notified and is currently investigating.

Please know that the City does not call customers to demand payment by phone.  Our Customer Service Representatives are not allowed to receive credit card numbers for processing by phone.  The City provides five methods for customers to make payments:

  • Online via our Website (Credit/Debit Card)
  • By Phone using our automated payment system (Credit/Debit Card)
  • Reoccurring Direct Bank Draft from Checking or Savings Accounts
  • At City Hall (Cash, Check, Money Order or Credit/Debit Card)
  • By Mail (Check or Money Order)

Should you receive a call that you believe is questionable and could be a scam, please contact the City directly in person or by phone at 770.963.2414.

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