The Suwanee American Craft Beer Fest, rated as the No. 1 Beer Festival in America in 2022 by USA Today, took place in Suwanee Town Center Park with 5,000 tickets sold. Attendees sampled nearly 400 brews from 100 breweries, with nearly 80 Georgia breweries participating. The festival also featured live music, beer pong, miniature golf, giant Jenga, Peach State cornhole, and axe-throwing. The Razzmanian Devil, a raspberry passion fruit sour brewed by Liquid Nation Brewing, won the best beer trophy in the Georgia Brew Battle. The festival was a success for vendors and attendees alike, with many looking forward to returning next year.
Plus, MDJ and Times-Journal, Inc. Sports Editor John Bednarowski continues to take us on a tour of his round at Augusta National, as we continue our Masters coverage presented by Ingles Markets.
Sugar Hill has opened its 9.2-acre Gold Mine Park, which preserves the entrance to what was once one of more than a dozen gold mines in the area while also adding a new leg to the Sugar Hill Greenway. The park is part of a 16.5-mile trail, with Gold Mine Park adding a piece that stretches from the park’s entrance on Level Creek Road to Whitehead Road. With the opening of this leg, Sugar Hill has completed five miles of its greenway trail, constituting the first phase of the trail. The greenway provides an excellent opportunity for the community to explore nature and engage in physical activity.
One of the nation’s largest producers of podcast programming now calls Gwinnett County’s Gas South District home.
Business RadioX, which operates dozens of online radio studios across the U.S., has relocated its Gwinnett studio into the newly renovated Gas South Convention Center in Duluth.
In addition to acquiring more broadcast space, the new studio will produce exclusive programming to promote news and upcoming events on the Gas South District campus, which includes the Gas South Arena, Gas South Convention Center, Gas South Theater, and the Hudgens Center for the Arts. Since opening its doors in 2012, the Gwinnett Business RadioX studio has interviewed more than 3,000 local business leaders while producing some of the network’s most popular programming including the acclaimed “Celebrating Powerhouse Women” podcast series, the Gwinnett Chamber’s “Voice of Business” podcast, and the studio’s long-running award-winning signature show “Gwinnett Business Radio”.
A man from Duluth was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to murdering his girlfriend at a restaurant in Marietta. According to the Cobb County District Attorney’s Office, Jose Ramon Lemus shot his girlfriend, Janice Ross, in the neck after becoming angry at her for asking about another woman he had been communicating with. He then fled into the woods but was apprehended by police within an hour with the help of a police K-9. Ross died at the scene of the shooting. During the sentencing, the victim's family members spoke about the impact of losing her, with her 14-year-old daughter saying, "I won't ever get my mom back and it hurts."
Atlanta’s Chick-fil-A is planning a $1 billion expansion to open restaurants in Asia and Europe, with a goal to have a presence in five international markets by 2030. Despite being the third-largest fast-food chain in the US, with more than 2,700 restaurants, only a few of these are overseas. The move is aimed at testing how Chick-fil-A will perform in international markets to learn and innovate, according to CEO Andrew Cathy. Chick-fil-A has previously launched an expansion in South Africa that lasted five years, and in 2019 it opened but soon closed a London-area restaurant due to protests about anti-gay marriage statements made by Chick-Fil-A’s former CEO.
Gwinnett Technical College has experienced a surge in enrollment for the third consecutive semester, with a nearly 10% increase in enrollment numbers for the 2023 spring semester compared to last year. Gwinnett Tech's President, Glen Cannon, credits the increase to the opening of the new Emerging Technologies building and the renovation of other buildings, the Dual Enrollment programs for high school students, and the expansion of academic programs to feed high-demand careers. The enrollment growth indicates that Gwinnett Tech provides the skills needed in today's competitive job market and is on a growth trajectory for the future.
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