A look back at the Gwinnett Daily Post's top stories of the week.
Water bills cause headaches
Water billing issues that have plagued the county since a new computer system went live this summer are being resolved, Water Resources Director Frank Stephens said.
Every time some customers get a bill, their previous payments aren't reflected.
Stephens said the problems with billing affected 50,000 of the county's 225,000 water customers when the system was upgraded in June. He said the problems now are with a few hundred accounts "and dwindling."
More money, more problems
For most people, the bigger and more expensive the housing, the better.
But experts from Georgia Tech said low-income housing is needed everywhere in the Atlanta area at a regional housing forum Wednesday.
In Gwinnett, the number of people taking out mortgages - and buying homes - has increased most dramatically among people with moderate incomes, those who make between $30,000 and $50,000, housing expert Dan Immergluck said. Many of those people are taking out loans that are more than 2.5 times their incomes, a habit Immergluck said is a recipe for disaster.
Gwinnett officials, law enforcement personnel and residents turned out for Tuesday's ribbon-cutting for an expansion to the county jail. ... Prosecutors said definitively this week that they do not consider Barton Corbin a potential suspect in the slaying of an Alabama woman who was an acquaintance. ... A 37-year-old Norcross man was arrested on charges he married six women. ... A Duluth man suspected of killing his next-door neighbor will be extradited back to Gwinnett to face prosecution after he was arrested in Easton, Pa. ... Winder voters approved a measure that will allow Sunday liquor sales at restaurants in the city. ... Local developer Wayne Mason, who owns five miles of Atlanta's proposed Beltline, has pulled out of the transit project. ... Police have stepped up patrols at Lucky Shoals Park in Norcross in response to three reported attacks on women there within the past six weeks. ... Three retail stores in Snellville were robbed in broad daylight within nine days, police announced. ... The Gwinnett school district's graduation rate was 73.8 percent, exceeding the state average ... More than 30 people have been arrested at the conclusion of an 11-month undercover drug investigation, Winder police said. ... Eleven individuals, including the founder of Norcross-based Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals, were indicted in a scheme of selling adulterated and unapproved new drugs over the Internet. ... The same people who sued the Environmental Protection Division five years ago over a plan to discharge water from Gwinnett County into Lake Lanier complimented a new version of the plan at a public hearing.
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