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Athens-Clarke not likely to sweeten deal for Terrapin Beer Co., says Mayor Denson
Now, it’s Terrapin’s move. In late April, Athens-Clarke County Mayor Nancy Denson and Terrapin Beer Co. president John Cochran signed a draft agreement outlining a county plan to keep the local brewery in Athens.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Athens officials making some progress on recommendations to help Atlanta Highway
Two years ago, Athens-Clarke County officials paid $15,000 to Atlanta-based Urban Land Institute to study the economically troubled Atlanta Highway.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Athens among first communities in the state to get firworks store under new law
Athens is among the first communities in Georgia getting a fireworks store, as retailers waste no time taking advantage of a new law, effective July 1, allowing the sale of firecrackers, bottle rockets and other large fireworks in the state.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Pooler officials brace for Fourth of July fireworks
The advent of a new law that legalizes the public’s use of fireworks in Georgia has officials in Pooler anticipating a troublesome Fourth of July holiday weekend.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Administrator lays out top concerns for Augusta
Augusta’s lack of a comprehensive facilities plan, personnel issues, heavy reliance on contractors and need for economic development are areas that should be focused on in coming months, City Administrator Janice Allen Jackson said.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Port Wentworth moves forward with economic development initiatives
Officials in Port Wentworth this week moved ahead with initiatives aimed at developing the economy in their city.
Source: Savannah Morning News

New sewer, water lines approved
Thomaston has been busy the last few years replacing aging water lines, and continues to do so, but the city is also working on replacing its sewer lines.
Source: Thomaston Times

Downtown Cedartown Asociation releases new brochure to show off city
The Downtown Cedar-town Association has a shiny new brochure with color photos, bits of community history, and tips on things to do. The brochure features photos of the West Theater, the Silver Comet Trail, Big Springs, and Main Street, among others.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Mayor opens Midnight Run Distillery in downtown Bartow
It’s called by many names: bottled lightning, corn whiskey or shine. For some, the mystique behind the art of distilling home-cooked spirits is undeniably intoxicating. One of those is Bartow’s mayor, Dwayne Morris, who is trying to preserve a tradition by bringing the stills out of the swamp and onto Main Street.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Atlanta creating development plan for thousands of acres of airport property
Atlanta plans to create a "development and action plan" for hundreds of acres it owns around the Atlanta airport and thousands of acres it owns in Dawson and Paulding counties.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Savannah-Chatham police hold public roll call in Cuyler-Brownville
Cuyler-Brownville residents were able to scarf down a few hot dogs Saturday afternoon before a thunderstorm blew through, forcing everyone at a police-sponsored gathering to take cover in Floyd Adams Park.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Local rescue agencies get confined space training unit
Ken Thompson admits that the series of plywood mazes, manhole covers and underground vaults at the Carrollton-Carroll County Public Safety Training Center don’t make a pretty picture.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Mary Ross Waterfront Park ready for next step
Now that the city commission has approved and adopted the Mary Ross Waterfront Park master plan, incorporating it into the city’s comprehensive land use plan, what’s next?
Source: Brunswick News

Stockbridge a step closer to M.L. King street renaming
A location for the proposed renaming of a street in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. and his family many have been determined.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Marietta plans for apartment evacuation
The city is calling on the Marietta Housing Authority for help in moving residents out of the 400-unit Franklin Road apartment complex it has under contract.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Sugar Hill offers local family fun during 'Thursdays @ the Hill'
The city of Sugar Hill is the latest to join the recent trend of offering free entertainment for its residents during the summer month. The city’s offering, called Thursdays@theHill, includes food trucks every second and fourth Thursday of the month, a cornhole league that meets every Thursday, live music and a farmer’s market every second Thursday.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Clermont OKs fireworks ordinance
Clermont Town Council voted Thursday to OK a law regulating the sale and use of consumer fireworks, acting under a state law taking effect Wednesday that expands their sale and use.
Source: Gainesville Times

Albany Utility Board gets upbeat financial report
With one more month of figures to tally before the end of Fiscal Year 2015, the Albany Utility Board’s finances appear to be on solid ground, according to city of Albany Finance Director Derrick Brown.
Source: Albany Herald

Valdosta adopts budget
The Valdosta City Council approved the city's Fiscal Year 2015-16 budget Thursday.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Valdosta adopts budget
The Valdosta City Council approved the city's Fiscal Year 2015-16 budget Thursday.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Valdosta adopts budget
The Valdosta City Council approved the city's Fiscal Year 2015-16 budget Thursday.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Curbside recycling set to begin next month
Curbside recycling will be available for residents in the city limits of Tifton, beginning next month.
Source: Tifton Gazette

County raises taxes in unincorporated area, smaller cut in cities
With a budget wrapped up, Colquitt County Commission looks to have reduced a property tax increase on unincorporated residents and given a bigger reduction to those in Moultrie while giving employees a raise.
Source: Moultrie Observer

Savannah among water-reduction targets
Savannah water users will be taking smaller sips in the future as the result of an agreement the state reached with the city of Savannah and major industries, who said Thursday that the impact will be slight.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Brookhaven chooses transparency
Last week the Brookhaven City Council unanimously passed a resolution stressing its support of transparency and open government.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Wheatley named permanent Grovetown police chief
Scott Wheatley was named the Grovetown Department of Public Safety chief Thursday.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Toccoa accepts DNR grant to conduct survey
The Toccoa City Commission tied up some loose ends Monday night during its final meeting in June.
Source: Toccoa Record

Savannah-Chatham police pay raise recommendation coming in July
Savannah City Manager Stephanie Cutter told the mayor and aldermen Thursday she will have a recommendation for a Savannah-Chatham police pay increase at the City Council’s first meeting in July.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Richmond Hill public service officers recognized for life saving actions
Seven Richmond Hill public service officers whose actions resulted in the saving of two lives in the city earlier this year were recognized in a ceremony at Fire Station 1 on June 25.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Macon-Bibb knocks down 125th blighted house
Macon-Bibb County employees fulfilled a promise made a year ago by Mayor Robert Reichert when they knocked down the 125th blighted house in the city this fiscal year. “Promises made, promises kept,” Reichert told a crowd of about 30 just before an excavator began to knock down the decaying structure at 743 Monroe St.
Source: Macon Telegraph

LaGrange approves $110M budget
City Council members approved LaGrange’s 2015-16 budget during a council meeting Tuesday.
Source: Access North Georgia

Johns Creek finalizes 4-acre pocket park sale
The Johns Creek City Council voted 5-0 June 15 to purchase 4 acres of property on Morton Road to for a pocket park for surrounding neighborhoods.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Jackson Downtown Development Authority approves first facade grant
The city of Jackson Downtown Development Authority has approved its first facade grant.
Source: Jackson Progress-Argus

Hogansville approves $11.3M budget
City Council approved the city’s budget for the coming fiscal year on Tuesday during a called meeting.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Council approves more funds for downtown boardwalk
Ellijay’s new boardwalk that runs for 400 feet down North Church Street is finished — and almost paid for.
Source: Ellijay Times-Courier

City Council mulls ending arts grant funding
Three members of the Johns Creek Council – and that constitutes a majority with two seats unfilled – are poised to ending the city’s arts grants programs after a June 15 workshop discussion about the $30,000 annual program.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Businessman Jay Lin to run For Johns Creek City Council
Johns Creek businessman Jay Lin announced that he will be a candidate for City Council Post 2 in the November election.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Blue Ridge adopts rules as fireworks become legal
According to the ordinance, individuals, associations or groups wanting to use fireworks on city property will be required to obtain a special use $100 permit from the city.
Source: Blue Ridge News Observer

Aragon passes 2015-16 budget at June meeting
Aragon city council members have approved the FY2016 budget, totaling $786,300, following review of a narrative by Mayor Ken Suffridge.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Dunwoody prepares historic farmhouse for preservation
The city of Dunwoody is beginning the first phase of renovations with efforts to stabilize Donaldson-Bannister Farmhouse.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Sandy Springs City Center plan moves forward
Sandy Springs officials said construction prep work is starting on the master block for its City Center project property near the intersection of Roswell and Johnson Ferry roads.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

City hosts national fire training seminar
Thomasville Fire Rescue was one of 100 locations selected nationwide to host a regional training program designed to apply data from fire dynamics research.
Source: Thomasville Times-Enterprise

Albany City Commission OKs budget at Sharon Subadan’s first meeting
Despite the reservations expressed by Ward I Commissioner Jon Howard and Ward II’s Bobby Coleman in a prebriefing before Tuesday evening’s Albany City Commission meeting, the commission voted unanimously moments later to approve the city’s proposed $264,705,870 Fiscal Year 2016 budget
Source: Albany Herald

Roswell approves Vicker's Village
A proposed mixed-use development in the heart of Roswell’s Canton Street was approved June 23 by the City Council, albeit with restrictions.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Mayor, council interview candidates for new position
City officials are in the process of interviewing candidates for the new executive assistant to the mayor and council position.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Milledgeville City Council adopts new ’16 budget
After several weeks of contemplating a 2016 fiscal year operating budget for the city of Milledgeville, officials have finally agreed on one that totals $25.8 million plus.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Marietta plans for apartment evacuation
The city is calling on the Marietta Housing Authority for help in moving residents out of the 400-unit Franklin Road apartment complex it has under contract.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Marietta reviews costs of annual events
The City Council reviewed the cost of hosting annual events such as its Fourth of July celebration during a series of committee meetings Wednesday.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Garden City police chief, GBI give security advice in eastern Europe
Several ranking law enforcement officers from around the state went to the eastern European nation of Georgia last month to talk police work. Garden City Police Chief David Lyons was one of them.
Source: Savannah Morning News

City of Guyton gets new 'vehicle'
The city of Guyton recently got a new vehicle — a bicycle that the women who work at City Hall use to run errands around town.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Newnan Council denies Greentop annexation
In front of a packed house at Newnan City Hall, Newnan City Council denied George Rosenzweig’s annexation request for Greentop Road after hearing overwhelming opposition to it by local residents at Tuesday’s meeting.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Public meeting space, voting precinct coming together in Warner Robins
Under a partnership with the city, Houston County, the school board and Houston Healthcare, a portion of the old Houston Mall will remain a voting precinct but will be used as a public meeting area.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Fourth candidate in Hinesville mayoral race
Danny Eason, pastor of Crossroads Church and owner of Uncommon Grounds, is the latest to announce his bid to be Hinesville’s next mayor.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

Fayetteville budget outlook: 6 new job slots, but no tax increase
The Fayetteville City Council on June 18 held the first reading of a proposed $11.54 million general fund budget for FY 2016 that begins in August. The budget reflects a $1.228 million increase in revenues with no millage rate increase expected.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Peachtree City budget orders to staff: No tax increases
A consensus of the Peachtree City Council at the June 22 budget workshop has staff directed to submit a budget that has no millage rate increase, no staff raises and the use of either $769,000 or $1.3 million in reserves to balance the FY 2016 budget.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Fayetteville wants roundabout at Pinewood, not a tunnel
The Fayetteville City Council has agreed to take a look at a request by Pinewood Forrest developers to authorize city staff to explore the idea of substituting a roundabout in lieu of installing a pedestrian tunnel in the area.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Atlanta City Council offers olive branch to APS
The Atlanta City Council voted Wednesday to put $4 million toward resolving a months-long tax revenue dispute with Atlanta Public Schools.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Police will write tickets for underage drinking after July 1 as enforcement changes
Police in Clarke County won’t be taking college students into custody for underage alcohol possession after July 1. The penalties remain the same — a $300 fine and up to 6 months in jail — but officers now will write citations for the offense, like traffic tickets, instead of taking underage drinkers into custody to be booked into the Clarke County Jail.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Franklin, Delk Roads to become a drug-free zone
Beginning July 1, Marietta will designate the areas near Franklin and Delk Roads as a new Drug Free Commercial Zone to attempt to reduce illegal drug violations.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Woodstock finalizes 2016 budget
The Woodstock City Council gave final approval to the city’s FY 2016 budget Monday night. It totals just over $36 million, with the general fund budget coming in at slightly less than half of that, at $17.6 million.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta Police Carry Life-Saving Drug, But Not Citywide
Last month, an Atlanta police officer found a man slumped over in his car, unresponsive, with a syringe near-by. The officer broke into the car, sprayed a dose of the drug naloxone (brand name: Narcan) into the man's nose, and within seconds, reversed a heroin overdose and potentially saved his life.
Source: WABE

LaGrange to fund $50k for race reconciliation program
City Council members voted Tuesday to contribute $50,000 to fund a race reconciliation program. Council approved in a 5-1 vote to provide the money to the program led by former state representative Carl Von Epps and former County Commission chairman Ricky Wolfe.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Flowery Branch approves ordinance regulating retail firework sales
The Flowery Branch City Council passed an ordinance at a special called meeting Wednesday morning designed to regulate where retailers can sell the so-called "consumer fireworks" now available after the passage of HB 110 in Georgia.
Source: Access North Georgia

Local development officials to discuss alternative funding
Matt Poyner and other officials with the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Development Authority are pleased that City Council members agreed last week to fund their new requested budget for 2016 without the 10-percent cut that had been considered.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

City moves forward with separate CVB
The Madison-Morgan County Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB), after officially becoming a standalone entity with a new interim board of directors this week, has entered a year-long contract with the City of Madison, in which the city will funnel 45 percent of the Hotel/Motel Tax money collected each year to the new CVB for the sole purpose of promoting tourism.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

City ready to light up the night for Freedom Rings
The city of Rincon is making preparations for what has become its annual laser light show — and its first fireworks show.
Source: Effingham Herald

Council approves $732,000 in crime prevention grants
Columbus Council approved funding for 20 crime prevention programs ranging from $10,000 to $95,000 and totaling almost $732,000.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Suwanee approves ‘stable, predictable’ budget for FY 2016
Suwanee moved forward with its spending plan for Fiscal Year 2016 on Tuesday, one that City Manager Marty Allen called “stable” and “predictable.”
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

City considers spending $19K to raze two homes
The City Council is considering razing two dilapidated homes on Hedges Street and West Dixie Avenue at the request of the Marietta Redevelopment Corporation, according to Bill Bruton, city manager.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Holly Springs delays hot topic meeting
City planners have decided to delay discussions on several annexation and rezoning requests until July 30 in order to give residents sufficient meeting notice, Holly Springs City Clerk Karen Norred announced Friday.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Council OKs budget, honors Reinhardt VP with key to city
The Waleska City Council unanimously approved a $451,581 budget for fiscal 2016 at its meeting Monday, and honored Reinhardt University’s outgoing vice president for advancement with a key to the city.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Florida Teens chip in to lend Albany a hand
For the seventh consecutive year, a group of teenagers from Beach United Methodist Church in Jacksonville, Fla., has given up a week of their summer break to join hands with Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful (KADB) to enhance Albany.
Source: Albany Herald

4th of July festivities return to downtown Albany
Following a change-of-venue over the past several years, Albany’s official 4th of July entertainment and fireworks display is returning to downtown.
Source: Albany Herald

Pooler Planning Commission recommends rezoning for new industrial park
A new industrial park planned for 328 acres of land in northwest Pooler shouldn’t put much of a strain on nearby residences or infrastructure, a representative for the project said this week.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah seeking to recover marina costs in court
The city of Savannah has filed suit against the design consultant for the Coffee Bluff Marina to recover cost overruns for the $6.2 million project as the mayor and aldermen are set to consider additional spending to better accommodate boaters.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Richmond Hill water bill due dates move forward
The due dates for water and sewer bills in the city of Richmond Hill will soon take a leap forward, but not as far forward as originally proposed.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Social Circle leaders approve $9.5M budget
Social Circle officials are projecting an increase of 4 percent both in revenue and expenditures for the Fiscal Year 2016 general fund budget.
Source: Walton Tribune

Work to begin in West Park
Metter City Council approved on June 15 a Transportation Enhancement Agreement with the Georgia Department of Transportation for streetscape enhancements in the West Park.
Source: Metter Advertiser

Rules proposed for Aragon Mill Pond use
Duel Mitchell, Aragon city council member, said it is because of the popularity and regular use of the pond that rules should be established to protect the area.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Fate of tennis-heavy facility in Bibb still uncertain
Whether new tennis courts will be part of Macon-Bibb County’s immediate recreation plans will be a question for another day.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Reichert hopes commissioners will reverse blight committee plan
Macon-Bibb County Mayor Robert Reichert said Tuesday he hopes the County Commission’s Committee of the Whole will reverse a resolution that would change how $9 million in blight money is spent.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Coliseum Authority votes to seek $15 million in SPLOST for new Augusta arena
Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority on Tuesday agreed to formally request $15 million in the city’s next sales tax package to help fund construction of a $110 million facility to replace the aging James Brown Arena.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Vote to consolidate Augusta-RichmondCounty governments marks its 20th anniversary
This week marked 20 years since Richmond County voters approved the consolidation of Augusta-Richmond County, setting in motion the current form of city government.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Athens-Clarke officials working to keep Terrapin Brewing in Athens
A $350,000 line item in Athens-Clarke County’s budget for the fiscal year starting July 1 is aimed at keeping the Terrapin Beer Company in Athens, according to documents released by the county under an open-records request from the Athens Banner-Herald.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Suwanee City Council adopts $14.8 FY 2016 budget
The city of Suwanee has approved its FY 2016 budget, which totals $14,843,060, ahead of the July 1 deadline.
Source: Access North Georgia

Kasim Reed: “I have another election in me.”
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, long rumored to have his sights on higher political office, said he has “another election” in him before retiring from public life.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

City of Jackson to seek grant for sewer work
The Jackson City Council could vote next month to hire help applying for grants to repair the city’s aging sewer system.
Source: Jackson Progress-Argus

Riverdale expects to make more in property taxes in fiscal year 2016
The City of Riverdale expects to make more money off property taxes than it did last year. “It’s a very small increase,” Finance Director Don Turner said.
Source: Clayton News Daily

City rejects Ira Levy's Paper Recovery rezoning on East 12th Street in South Rome
The Rome City Commission voted Monday night to deny a controversial request by a local businessman to rezone a lot in South Rome.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Riverdale passes controversial budget with split vote
A split council passed the city’s controversial city budget Monday night.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Council talks cleanup efforts, smoking rules
Ward 1 Councilman Hooky Huffman led the Canton City Council on Thursday in a discussion of what he called “an outstanding job” of cleaning up the city’s residential areas.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Gillsville street improvements now underway
An eye cast toward busy Ga. 52, which cuts through tiny Gillsville on the Hall-Banks County line, Melissa Grizzle said the heavy sidewalk construction in front of her restaurant hasn’t hurt business.
Source: Gainesville Times

Lowndes, Valdosta voting on budgets
Lowndes County and the City of Valdosta will vote on Fiscal Year 2015-16 budgets this week.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

City of Valdosta and Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts receive state recognition
aldosta is one of 12 Georgia cities selected by the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) to showcase how it has utilized public art and culture as a tool for community and economic developmen, city officials said.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Johns Creek physician announces campaign for City Council
Johns Creek Physician, Dr. Nazeera Dawood, announced June 11, she would seek the open seat for Johns Creek City Council’s Post 5.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Alpharetta Named Special Needs Certified Community
Following the completion of a training program by all of its employees, the City of Alpharetta has been certified as an organization that is better able to understand, engage and serve those with special needs.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Alpharetta, Milton look to connect greenway
Alpharetta and Milton are exploring ways to connect Milton to the Big Creek Greenway via multi-modal paths.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Savannah's West River Street hotels moving forward
On Thursday, the mayor and aldermen will consider resolutions in support of two major hotel projects planned for Savannah’s West River Street.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Community planning for replacing World of Wonder playground set to begin June 30
Children will have a voice in figuring out what replaces the popular World of Wonder playground at Athens-Clarke County’s Southeast Clarke Park as the design process begins next Tuesday.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Decatur begins enforcing Saturday parking
Nearly one year after installing its multi-spaced or “smart” parking meters, Decatur has begun enforcing Saturday parking until 6 p.m. The meters can track, among other things, which spaces get the most use and for how long.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Decatur modifies restructuring of municipal court
In restructuring Decatur’s municipal court, the city commission agreed to hire four regular judges, each getting assigned to one specific court day apiece, Monday through Thursday, along with one chief judge. The total five judges would rotate Saturday duty.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Woodstock park improvements near finish
Woodstock officials are finishing up a package of improvements to Dupree Park, the city’s main active-use facility off of Neese Road, that were begun last fall.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Westside Future Fund names first executive director
Quince T. Brinkley Jr. has been named executive director of the Westside Future Fund, an organization created last year by Mayor Kasim Reed and a group of local CEOs to revitalize communities on Atlanta’s west side.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Local economic development leaders to receive requested funding
Local officials who had been worried about their new fiscal year 2016 budgets with Milledgeville City Council can now breathe a sigh of relief.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Jonesboro approves Urban Redevelopment Plan for Lee Street Park
he mayor and city council of Jonesboro unanimously approved the Urban Redevelopment Plan for the renovations of Lee Street Park.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Police hosting town hall meeting Tuesday evening
The Douglasville Police Department is hosting a town hall meeting Tuesday to discuss what the department is doing to build strong community relationships and trust.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Low voter turnout a concern in Kingsland
The Rev. James Ham worked hard to win Tuesday’s special election to fill a vacant seat on Kingsland City Council.
Source: Brunswick News

Rome City Commission to award construction contract for Tennis Center of Georgia, to discuss E. 12th rezoning
Rome City Manager Sammy Rich will request authorization from the City Commission to enter into a construction contract for the Rome Tennis Center of Georgia at today’s board meeting.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Cobb’s cities seeing more tax revenue, no rate hikes
This month, five of Cobb’s six cities adopted budgets for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1, and all five are projecting an increase in revenue of at least 3.5 percent for their general operating funds without a tax increase.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Moving Tech to the outskirts could have hidden costs
Living just blocks away from Technical High School, Maia Schroeder's two oldest children had a short walk to classes, sports, Knowledge Bowl practices and chamber orchestra rehearsal.
Source: USA Today

Another historic Lula building gets face-lift
Downtown Lula is getting another makeover, thanks in large part to an Atlanta native who has become endeared by the northeast Hall County city’s past.
Source: Gainesville Times

City Council Recognizes 2015 Social Media Contest Winners
At its June 11 meeting, the Valdosta City Council honored the winners of the 2015 Social Media Contest—an educational partnership between the city and Valdosta State University to propose the best social media strategy for the city
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

New park on the way
Coweta County commissioners on June 16 unanimously agreed to help with some of the work needed to construct a new town park in Sharpsburg. Work on the park is anticipated to begin this summer. By agreement, Sharpsburg will be responsible for the cost of materials associated with the project that will create a park totaling approximately one acre adjacent to Town Hall.
Source: Fayette Citizen

$31 million Peachtree City budget under review
The first budget workshop dealing with Peachtree City’s FY 2016 budget was held June 15.
Source: Fayette Citizen

City Council To Vote On Greentop Road Annexation
The Newnan City Council will have its turn in considering the proposed Greentop Road developments and annexation requests at its regular meeting on Tuesday.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Some Warner Robins employees may pay for taking home work vehicles
Some city employees who take work vehicles home likely are going to have to start paying more payroll taxes or drive their own cars instead.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Augusta groups begin submitting applications for SPLOST funding
The race is on to be included in Au­gusta’s next sales tax referendum.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Student housing boom changing face of downtown Athens
No stranger to metamorphosis, downtown Athens is in the midst of another cycle of change, this one fueled by a proliferation of student housing that is beginning, if slowly, to boost the downtown economy.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Father, son policemen strive to serve
The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree — neither does the badge, it turns out. A father-and-son duo, Norm and Ley Wynne, are both officers at the LaGrange Police Department and take their jobs seriously, but they still find time to have fun together.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Perry’s economic development director says ‘little things’ help drive development
When Robert Smith was a senior studying political science at the University of Georgia, he took a public administration class that changed the direction of his life.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Athens-Clarke traffic engineers looking at parking restrictions on Georgia Avenue
He can’t necessarily say where it’s coming from, but Athens-Clarke County traffic engineer Steve Decker knows there is a parking problem on Georgia Avenue, and knows that it’s his job, with the help of Transportation and Public Works Department Director David Clark, to fix it.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

The Man Behind Atlanta’s BeltLine: ‘It’s Been Amazing’
The Atlanta BeltLine is far from finished, but its four trails and six parks are already crowded with residents on any given day, walking, biking or jogging along this historic urban redevelopment project – one of the largest currently underway in the U.S.
Source: WABE

City of Rockmart seeks events coordinator
Rockmart’s Depart-ment of Community Development will soon welcome a “Better Hometown” Program and Events/Facilities Coordinator to promote activities in the city.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Hogansville budget would include raises for employees
City Council on Tuesday is set to vote on a $11.3 million budget that includes a proposed salary increase for employees.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Coliseum authority reduces SPLOST goal for new arena
Rather than seeking $90 million to $110 million from Augusta’s next sales tax package for a new civic center, the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority is looking to craft a financing deal that will include just $10 million to $15 million in sales taxes.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Smyrna approves pilot bike-sharing program
The Smyrna City Council voted 7-0 Monday, June 15, to pay $32,960 to Zagster for a bike-sharing program that will begin by mid-July.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Alpharetta sets parking limits
Timed parking is coming to downtown Alpharetta, as the city introduces two-hour limits on most on-street parking spaces and on the public lot off Old Roswell Street effective July 6.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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ROME     106
ROSWELL     21
SASSER     1
SAVANNAH     123
SENOIA     7
SMYRNA     18
ST MARYS     17
SUWANEE     20
TEMPLE     6
TIFTON     5
TOCCOA     10
TRION     1
TURIN     2
TYRONE     3
VIENNA     1
WHITE     2
WINDER     7
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