Tyler Estep

Local government reporter

Tyler Estep is a reporter covering Gwinnett County. He previously worked for the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Latest from Tyler Estep

Voting advocates say ‘vigilance’ needed during Gwinnett’s MARTA election
 Gwinnett officials are confident that every vote will be counted during the county’s historic referendum on joining MARTA two months from now. But some voting rights advocates — including those who cite Gwinnett’s disproportionate rate of absentee ballot rejections during November’s general election &mdash...

Posted: a day ago

Gwinnett officials are confident that every vote will be counted during the county’s historic referendum on joining MARTA two months from now. But some voting rights advocates — including those who cite Gwinnett’s disproportionate rate of absentee ballot rejections during November’s general election &mdash...
Tests say no water contamination at controversial Lake Lanier site
 New water testing conducted at a controversial former golf course site near Lake Lanier found no trace of pollutants like pesticides and arsenic. Former irrigation ponds at the site of the old Lanier Golf Course — on which developer Danny Bennett and his partner hope to build more than 300 homes — have been the focus...

Posted: a day ago

New water testing conducted at a controversial former golf course site near Lake Lanier found no trace of pollutants like pesticides and arsenic. Former irrigation ponds at the site of the old Lanier Golf Course — on which developer Danny Bennett and his partner hope to build more than 300 homes — have been the focus...
Gwinnett will have 3 solid weeks of early voting for MARTA referendum
 Gwinnett will have three solid weeks of advance in-person voting — including a pair of weekends — for its historic MARTA referendum. The Gwinnett County elections board  approved Tuesday night the unusually extensive schedule for voting ahead of the March 19 special election.  “I believe that turnout is going to...

Posted: a day ago

Gwinnett will have three solid weeks of advance in-person voting — including a pair of weekends — for its historic MARTA referendum. The Gwinnett County elections board approved Tuesday night the unusually extensive schedule for voting ahead of the March 19 special election.  “I believe that turnout is going to...
Pro-transit group ready for ‘dogfight’ with Gwinnett MARTA referendum
 Go Gwinnett — the well-connected, well-funded advocacy group pushing for passage of the county’s referendum on joining MARTA — officially kicked off its campaign Friday afternoon. And it’s ready for a dogfight. “This is not a shoo-in,” Paige Havens, the group’s spokeswoman, said. Expanding MARTA &ldquo...

Posted: 5 days ago

Go Gwinnett — the well-connected, well-funded advocacy group pushing for passage of the county’s referendum on joining MARTA — officially kicked off its campaign Friday afternoon. And it’s ready for a dogfight. “This is not a shoo-in,” Paige Havens, the group’s spokeswoman, said. Expanding MARTA &ldquo...
In rapidly changing Gwinnett, views differ on Trump’s wall and shutdown
 Gwinnett County residents Ya’Ron Brown and John Wilcal — both military veterans, one black and one white — sit on opposite sides of a philosophical wall as big and thick as the one President Donald Trump wants to build on the southern border. “The wall is smoke and mirrors,” said Brown, getting his...

Posted: 6 days ago

Gwinnett County residents Ya’Ron Brown and John Wilcal — both military veterans, one black and one white — sit on opposite sides of a philosophical wall as big and thick as the one President Donald Trump wants to build on the southern border. “The wall is smoke and mirrors,” said Brown, getting his...
Gwinnett’s MARTA vote: At town hall, biggest gripe is a desire for more
 There was no fire, there was no fury; no outrage and no acrimony.  The location of Wednesday night’s town hall meeting — the Centerville Community Center, in the heart of deeply diverse and largely Democratic south Gwinnett — undoubtedly had something to do with it. But the shortage of negativity among the 100-plus...

Posted: 7 days ago

There was no fire, there was no fury; no outrage and no acrimony.  The location of Wednesday night’s town hall meeting — the Centerville Community Center, in the heart of deeply diverse and largely Democratic south Gwinnett — undoubtedly had something to do with it. But the shortage of negativity among the 100-plus...
Developer files lawsuit, ethics complaint against Forsyth commissioner
 A developer who hopes to build homes on a controversial site near Lake Lanier has filed both a lawsuit and an ethics complaint against Forsyth County’s commission chairwoman, accusing her of slander and of improperly interfering with the project’s progress. The commissioner, Laura Semanson, has expressed concerns that development...

Posted: 9 days ago

A developer who hopes to build homes on a controversial site near Lake Lanier has filed both a lawsuit and an ethics complaint against Forsyth County’s commission chairwoman, accusing her of slander and of improperly interfering with the project’s progress. The commissioner, Laura Semanson, has expressed concerns that development...
Gwinnett’s first Hispanic judge joins ranks of recent history makers
 A longtime local attorney  became Gwinnett’s first-ever Hispanic judge on Monday, continuing a recent barrier-breaking trend in Georgia’s most diverse county. In front of dozens of friends, family and colleagues, Peachtree Corners defense attorney Ramon Alvarado was sworn in as the newest judge on Gwinnett County’s Recorder&rsquo...

Posted: 10 days ago

A longtime local attorney became Gwinnett’s first-ever Hispanic judge on Monday, continuing a recent barrier-breaking trend in Georgia’s most diverse county. In front of dozens of friends, family and colleagues, Peachtree Corners defense attorney Ramon Alvarado was sworn in as the newest judge on Gwinnett County’s Recorder&rsquo...
Gwinnett’s MARTA referendum: a comprehensive voter’s guide
 The date: Election Day is March 19.  About three weeks of advance in-person voting, including weekends, will be held. Every day between Feb. 25 and March 15, including Saturdays and Sundays, early voting will be available at the county elections office at 455 Grayson Highway in Lawrenceville. Voting hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day...

Posted: 10 days ago

The date: Election Day is March 19.  About three weeks of advance in-person voting, including weekends, will be held. Every day between Feb. 25 and March 15, including Saturdays and Sundays, early voting will be available at the county elections office at 455 Grayson Highway in Lawrenceville. Voting hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day...
Gwinnett employees — including cops — get raises in 2019 budget
 Gwinnett’s newly adopted 2019 budget includes raises for county employees and money to fill dozens of new public safety positions — two of the county’s primary post-Recession funding priorities. Gwinnett’s Board of Commissioners, including newcomers Ben Ku and Marlene Fosque, voted unanimously Thursday to approve ...

Posted: 14 days ago

Gwinnett’s newly adopted 2019 budget includes raises for county employees and money to fill dozens of new public safety positions — two of the county’s primary post-Recession funding priorities. Gwinnett’s Board of Commissioners, including newcomers Ben Ku and Marlene Fosque, voted unanimously Thursday to approve ...
Dacula Mayor Jimmy Wilbanks, 76, dies after cancer battle
 Dacula Mayor Jimmy Wilbanks — a lifelong resident of the small east Gwinnett city he led in both the 1970s and for the past 16 years — died Thursday morning after a battle with cancer. He was 76. He is credited both with ushering his town into the modern era — through improving infrastructure and encouraging new businesses...

Posted: 14 days ago

Dacula Mayor Jimmy Wilbanks — a lifelong resident of the small east Gwinnett city he led in both the 1970s and for the past 16 years — died Thursday morning after a battle with cancer. He was 76. He is credited both with ushering his town into the modern era — through improving infrastructure and encouraging new businesses...