It seemed more than a little ironic that the Grayson Arts and History Center announced its reopening less than a month after the intersection of Highway 78 and Rosebud Road was named in honor of Mrs. Runnell Brooks Foster.

From 1818, when it was chartered, until the 1960s, Gwinnett County was just one of Georgia’s many slow-growing rural areas. But as the county’s attractiveness became more widely known, its complexion began to change.

According to the United States census for 1960, Gwinnett County had a population of 43,541. In the southern part of the county, Snellville was home to 468 residents, Lilburn’s population was 753, Lawrenceville had 3,804 inhabitants and Grayson had 262.

The only people who have never been stuck in traffic in Snellville, Lawrenceville, Grayson, Loganville, have never driven in those cities. In fact, that’s the story in every city in Gwinnett County.

When was the last time you missed a meal? Not because you didn’t have time to eat before rushing out the door, or because you knew you would be having a large meal later in the day, but because you had no food. When was the last time your son or daughter had to go to bed with little or no food? Not because he or she wasn’t hungry, or feeling well, but because you had no food.

Dave Emanuel

Snellville - Viewed from 10,000 feet above, Snellville appears to be no different than the thousands of other towns that punctuate the surface of the United States of America. At ground level, it appears much the same. The view encompasses houses, businesses, streets, highways, parks, shopping centers, and depending on the time of day, slow moving traffic. Although the individual character and physical attributes change from town to town, the base elements are the same.