The news stayed strong in Suwanee and Gwinnett as 2013 came into play. So it's time to review some recent highlights. (Click on the links for more information.)
GWINNETT LIBRARIES URGED TO CHANGE: Gwinnett's elected leaders voted in a $1.4 billion budget for 2013 that included a $1 million reduction in materials for the library system. After several such cuts in recent years, commissioners said a new business model is in order for the libraries.
SUWANEE RESTAURANTS CHANGE ... AND FAIL: The local restaurant scene continued to morph. Diggers became Buffalo's Cafe, and the Moondance Restaurant & Lounge, which appealed to higher-end dining, closed its doors "until further notice."
$1 MILLION LOTTERY WINNER IN GWINNETT: A quick stop for her boyfriend led to a jackpot for a Lilburn woman.
OLD TOWN SUWANEE ARRESTS OVER NEW YEAR'S: The quaint Old Town area of Suwanee was not immune to a reported disturbance during New Year's. And not immune to charges of underage possession of alcohol.
WEDDING FACILITY NEARS COMPLETION: With all the talk of a struggling economy, there apparently is a market for a weddings-only chapel near Suwanee. Ashton Gardens, which also has facilities in Texas, plans its first wedding in March.
-- What were your favorite news stories recently in Suwanee and Gwinnett? Share your thoughts in the comments below.