FREE Comic Book Day in Downtown Lawrenceville

Published: May 5, 2016

Lawrenceville Leads the Southeast with Free Comic Book Day

Roughly 2,000 Pounds of Comics to be Given Away for Free


 On Saturday, May 7, the City of Lawrenceville in partnership with local merchant, Galactic Quest, will break the record for the most comic books given away in a single day throughout the entire Southeast.

May 7th is recognized as National Free Comic Book Day and stands as one of the most anticipated days of the year in the comic book industry.

In participation with Galactic Quest, Lawrenceville’s downtown businesses are supporting the event by offering special sales, gifts, comic book-themed experiences and most importantly – Free Comic Books! More than 10 participating stores will open beginning at 9am and can be identified with the Free Comic Book Day poster in the business window.

“This is the biggest event in the national comic book industry and Lawrenceville is thrilled to have a significant part in it,” said Chuck Warbington, Lawrenceville City Manager. “We proudly encourage activities that celebrate community creativity and literacy in innovative and enjoyable ways.”

The City will host a full-day comic book experience that includes a family-friendly celebration with live music throughout the day, as well as a free outdoor showing of the movie Minions on the Lawrenceville Lawn at dusk. A replica Batmobile, live characters, and other comic book favorites will also be available throughout the downtown district for pictures and community engagement.

Following Free Comic Book Day, Lawrenceville will celebrate Historic Preservation Month on the Lawrenceville Lawn with an outdoor showing and live experience of the 80’s classic – Back to the Future – on May 13th.

For more information about the Historic Lawrenceville Square, the local downtown businesses, or the events taking place in downtown Lawrenceville visit and follow us at

Participating Lawrenceville businesses and the free comic book they will be distributing:

  • Galactic Quest – Home Base for Free Comic Book Day
  • Artzy Beads – Oddly Normal
  • Aurora Theatre – Sponge Bob (non-exclusive)
  • Bulls-Eye Shooting Range – Assassin’s Creed (non-exclusive)
  • The Dizzy Gypsy – Help the CBLDF…Defend Comics
  • Sweet Tooth Ice Cream Cafe – The Pink Panther
  • The Lona Gallery – Doctor Who
  • Nancy’s Candy & Spice – Hilda and The Stone Forest
  • SoJe Emporium – Lady Mechanika
  • Sparkle Designs – Serenity/Hellboy/Aliens
  • Special Kneads and Treats – Strawberry Shortcake

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You Are Invited: Lawrenceville Senior Center Renovation Ribbon Cutting

Published: May 4, 2016


Lawrenceville Accepting Applications for 2017 Events Beginning May 1

Published: April 29, 2016


 Lawrenceville’s Annual Application Process Opening for 2017 Special Events

Application Window Open from May 1 – July 31, 2016



Beginning May 1st, the City of Lawrenceville will open the application process to the public for all requests to hold an event in Lawrenceville during 2017. The Special Event Policy and Application process was established by the Lawrenceville City Council in 2014 to address the following requests:

  • Use of the Lawrenceville Lawn
  • Road closures due to rental of the Historic Gwinnett County Courthouse Grounds
  • Pre-Approved Parade Routes, 5K or 10K Run/Walk Events

For ALL events occurring in 2017, applications will be accepted during the dates of May 1 – July 31, 2016.

Please note: Submission of an application does not constitute or guarantee approval. Applications are reviewed in accordance with the Policy and the City will notify event organizers regarding their application status by the date specified above.

Once the City’s event calendar for the designated time frame has been established, no events will be added or road closures granted. When the next application window opens, events will be accepted for the following calendar year.

The Special Event Policy and Event Application can be found at or by clicking the links below:

For additional information about hosting a special event in Lawrenceville, contact Jody Herrin at or 678.407.6598.

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Lawrenceville Celebrates April as National Safe Digging Month

Published: April 25, 2016


Lawrenceville Celebrates National Safe Digging Month

Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson Presents an Official Proclamation



The City of Lawrenceville’s Damage Prevention Department is supporting Governor Nathan Deal’s proclamation of April as National Safe Digging Month. As a member of both the Gwinnett and Walton County Utility Coordinating Councils (UCC), Lawrenceville has partnered with Georgia 811 for the past four years to support this initiative which was designed to heighten contractor and homeowner awareness of the national 811 notification system.

The purpose of the initiative is to remind individuals served by the City of Lawrenceville to notify utility operators of their intent to dig in order to prevent damage to underground utilities and ensure the safety of Lawrenceville’s residents.

In a short ceremony on April 22nd, Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson presented an official proclamation declaring the month of April as Safe Digging Month in the City of Lawrenceville. Ceremony attendees also enjoyed the following video highlighting lessons in safe digging by respecting the flags and knowing what’s below the surface:

“Locating underground utilities is a process that requires skill, determination, workload management and problem-solving techniques,” said Wesley Huggins, Damage Prevention Specialist for the City of Lawrenceville. “We have a wonderful team of individuals who work diligently and are happy to educate homeowners and citizens on appropriate digging practices.”

Lawrenceville’s gas utilities team recently scored exceptionally well on a routine audit verifying operator qualification rules and procedures. In the future, the team aspires to be the preeminent damage prevention and public awareness department in the state of Georgia by continuing to follow all established laws and procedures.

For more information about the City of Lawrenceville’s Damage Prevention Department, visit or the Damage Prevention Facebook page.

Chuck Warbington Named Lawrenceville City Manager

Published: March 28, 2016


Chuck Warbington Named Lawrenceville City Manager

Former Director of Georgia’s largest CID fills lead role for Gwinnett’s County Seat


LAWRENCEVILLE (METRO ATLANTA) GA – March 28, 2016                                           

 Lawrenceville’s elected City Council members have cast their vote and officially chosen Chuck Warbington to fill the position of City Manager.

A life-long resident of Gwinnett County, Warbington is a graduate of Georgia Tech where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering.  He comes to the City of Lawrenceville from the Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District (CID) where he served as the Executive Director for 10 years.

“The City Council is very pleased with the choice of Chuck Warbington as Lawrenceville’s new City Manager,” said Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson. “We look forward to the ideas and developments he will bring to the City.”

Warbington began leadership of the Gwinnett Village in January 2006, spearheading the efforts in forming the largest Community Improvement District in Georgia. As a graduate of Leadership Gwinnett, he serves the community through a variety of capacities that include the Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful Board of Directors, the Gwinnett Chamber, and the Fort Daniel Historical Foundation. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Redevelopment Task Force, Chairman of the Gwinnett County Planning Commission, President of Partnership Gwinnett PFE and also a member of the Quantum National Bank Board of Directors.

“I am eager to begin my new role with the City of Lawrenceville and continue the City’s community and economic efforts,” said Chuck Warbington. “I am truly excited about building upon the tremendous assets in the City and looking forward to continuing the groundwork laid by Mr. Baroni in serving the needs of our residents, businesses and investors alike.”

Warbington will be stepping into the position as former City Manager, Robert ‘Bob’ Baroni, retires from 42 years of government service with the City. Warbington and Baroni will work together with City leaders to transition responsibilities over the next couple of months.

For more information about the City of Lawrenceville, visit

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Lawrenceville Police Department Awarded 2016 Valor Award

Published: March 24, 2016

Lawrenceville Police Department Awarded 2016 Valor Award

Crime Suppression Unit named Public Safety Unit of the Year



The City of Lawrenceville’s Police Department was awarded a 2016 Medal of Valor Award as the Public Safety Unit of the Year for the achievements of its Crime Suppression Unit (CSU). Hosted by the Gwinnett Chamber, the award ceremony was held today at the Infinite Energy Forum in Duluth, GA.

The Valor Awards serve to honor Gwinnett County’s public safety professionals, including firefighters, police and emergency personnel for extraordinary efforts displayed in the line of duty.

“We are extremely proud that our Crime Suppression Unit is being recognized for their outstanding achievements,” said Lt. Ryan Morgan. “Lawrenceville is truly lucky to have this team of determined and hard-working officers who are dedicated and passionate about the work they do in the community.”

Lawrenceville’s CSU has worked closely with the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) in several investigations of armed robbery, burglary, and theft. Last year alone, 51 warrants were served either as a unit or while assisting the CID, Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms (ATF), the Gwinnett Metro Task Force (GMTF), Probation/Parole, and the Gwinnett County Police Department. The unit was able to make 189 arrests for the year, while adding 37 gang members to an existing database of gang activity and updating the database of criminal activity to include 197 members as well.

“The Lawrenceville Police Department’s Crime Suppression Unit has made a tremendous impact in helping to defeat criminal activities throughout the City and Gwinnett County as a whole,” said Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson. “We greatly rely on the efforts of our Police Department as lower crime rates foster an environment for economic growth by offering residents, investors, business organizations, and tourists’ confidence in our community’s local security.”

In 2016, the unit will continue efforts started in 2015 with proactive patrols in high crime areas that will include a combination of plain clothes and uniform efforts.

For more information about the Lawrenceville Police Department, visit

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Photo Caption: Lawrenceville Police Department’s Crime Suppression Unit –  Officer Tim Schaefer, Sergeant Chris Ralston, and Officer Jimmy Inlow.

City of Lawrenceville and Aurora Theatre Win Regional Arts & Culture Award

Published: March 23, 2016

 City of Lawrenceville and Aurora Theatre Win Regional Arts & Culture Award

Annual PRELUDE Event Recognized by Atlanta Regional Commission



The City of Lawrenceville’s signature summer event, PRELUDE, received the Atlanta Regional Commission’s (ARC) 2015 CREATE Community Award for its focus on Arts & Culture through a partnership with the Aurora Theatre.

For over ten years, the City has hosted the PRELUDE celebration on the eve of July 4th as a way to honor America’s Day of Independence. Each year, before the stunning display of fireworks, the event features an outdoor stage performance hosted by Lawrenceville’s Aurora Theatre. With past productions like Camelot, Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and South Pacific, the City of Lawrenceville and the Aurora Theatre continue to bring Tony Award winning classics to life in Downtown Lawrenceville.

“We are honored to receive this distinguished award as it recognizes Lawrenceville’s commitment to local and regional excellence,” said Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson. “Promoting community development through artistic and cultural approaches attracts economic investment, a strong workforce, and new visiting populations to our community.”

According to the Atlanta Regional Commission, the Arts & Culture award is presented to the local government that “advances creative place making and cultural opportunities in their community through the implementation of arts related concepts in programs, policies and projects.”

“For 20 years, the Aurora Theatre has developed unique programming meeting the needs of our constantly evolving community,” said Anthony Rodriguez, Aurora Theatre Co-Founder and Producing Artistic Director. “Cities that embrace arts and culture activities increase their economic viability and establish their community’s competitive advantage.”

An ARC Board Presentation and awards ceremony was held on Wednesday, March 23rd in the Amphitheater at the Loudermilk Center for Regional Community in Atlanta. Mayor Johnson and Anthony Rodriguez were in attendance at the ceremony to receive the award on behalf of the City of Lawrenceville.

“Lawrenceville takes pride in developing award-winning programming for the community,” said Lisa Sherman Director of Community and Economic Development. The regional and national recognition invites tourism revenue to the City, yielding economic growth which is the ultimate goal.”

Make plans to visit Lawrenceville to experience the family friendly events taking place throughout 2016:

April 1st                 Lawrenceville LIVE! on the Square

April 8th                Movies on the Lawn – Jurassic World

May 7th                 FREE Comic Book Day

May 13th              Movies on the Lawn – Back to the Future

May 27th              Summer Concert Series – Samantha Stroh and Josh Dorr

June 3rd                 Lawrenceville LIVE! on the Square

June 10th              Movies on the Lawn – The Lego Movie

June 24th              Summer Concert Series – The Return – A Beatles Tribute Band

July 1st                  Lawrenceville LIVE! on the Square

July 3rd                  PRELUDE to the 4th

July 8th                  Movies on the Lawn – An Affair to Remember

July 16th                ArtsFest Gwinnett

July 29th                Summer Concert Series – R&B, Inc.

August 5th            Lawrenceville LIVE! on the Square

August 12th          Movies on the Lawn – Grease

August 26th          Summer Concert Series – Departure – The Journey Tribute Band

September 2nd     Lawrenceville LIVE! on the Square

September 10th   Paws in the Park

September 17th   Rock’n Ribville

September 30th   Summer Concert Series – Wild Honey and Dream Police

October 28th        Spooktacular on the Square

November 24th    Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

December 10th     Lawrenceville’s Hometown Christmas Parade

For more information about the City of Lawrenceville and City events, visit

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About the City of Lawrenceville

The City of Lawrenceville is the Capital City of Gwinnett, Metro Atlanta, with a population of just over 29,000 citizens and a youthful median age of 32. Lawrenceville works to preserve its heritage while pushing ahead to ensure excellence for the future. From state-of-the-art medical, educational and governmental facilities, to thriving business, cultural, and recreational opportunities, Lawrenceville serves as home and host to individuals and families who come here from around the globe. 

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 About the Aurora Theatre

Aurora Theatre, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and is a member of Theatre Communications Group, the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, Atlanta Performs, C4 Atlanta, Latin American Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Commerce Club, Suwanee Business Alliance and Duluth Merchants Association.

City of Lawrenceville Garners Award-Winning Recognition

Published: March 15, 2016

City of Lawrenceville Garners Award-Winning Recognition

FOX’s Sleepy Hollow nominated for a Location Manager Guild Award


The City of Lawrenceville’s Historic Downtown Square helped land FOX’s TV Series Sleepy Hollow a nomination in the 3rd Annual Location Managers Guild International Awards (LMGI). The awards serve to honor production teams in TV, film and commercials that strengthen their storyline by exercising a strategic and intentional use of filming locations.

“We were thrilled to have FOX’s Sleepy Hollow film on our Historic Downtown Square as the project invested tremendously into our local economy,” said Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson. “As the County Seat and the oldest City in Gwinnett, Lawrenceville has a lot to offer as far as culture, architecture, and design goes.”

Within the six categories, Sleepy Hollow is nominated as an “outstanding location in a period television series” along with TV series like Game of Thrones, Gotham, Aquarius and Fargo. FOX’s hit TV series began filming in Lawrenceville last fall and invested significant capital into reinventing some of the City’s historic infrastructure for its use.

“Filming on historic properties and in town squares with lots of traffic and commerce can be difficult but the City of Lawrenceville made it happen for our production,” said Nancy Haecker, Location Scout & Manager. “We are extremely appreciative of Lisa Sherman, the Town Council and the community for their support and cooperation.”

The winners of the LMGI Awards will be announced during a formal ceremony hosted by David Doumeng on Saturday, April 23.

In the meantime, Lawrenceville and Gwinnett County continue to open their doors to the film industry as the City focuses on the film industry as one of its target sectors for economic growth.

“Lawrenceville has developed a strong reputation for being extremely progressive and professional with the industry, and this recognition will go a long way to helping put Gwinnett, which is already recognized as a Camera Ready Community, on the forefront of film-friendly counties, said Lisa Anders, Executive Director, Explore Gwinnett & Gwinnett’s Camera Ready representative.

For more information about the City of Lawrenceville, visit

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Lawrenceville Announces Final Candidate for New City Manager

Published: March 10, 2016

Chuck Warbington selected as the finalist to fill the lead role for Gwinnett’s County Seat

LAWRENCEVILLE (METRO ATLANTA) GA – March 10, 2016 – From among 42 potential candidates, City of Lawrenceville officials have selected Chuck Warbington as the final candidate for the position of City Manager. Warbington currently serves as Executive Director for the Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District (CID) and fills various other leadership roles on boards and within organizations across the County and Metro Atlanta region.

City Officials will convene at a Special Call meeting on March 28, 2016, to make their final decision and move forward. For more information about the City of Lawrenceville visit


Read about Gwinnett’s Comprehensive Transportation Plan

Published: March 1, 2016

A Comprehensive Transportation Plan, or CTP, serves as a roadmap for how a community would like to see their transportation networks develop to serve their current and future needs. CLICK HERE to visit the County’s website and learn more about the plan.

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