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VR hotel-motel tax hike awaits Deal's OK
VR hotel-motel tax hike awaits Deal's OK_img A bill to increase Villa Rica's hotel-motel tax to 8 percent is awaiting the signature of Gov. Nathan Deal.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian
Main Street 'parklets' to provide outdoor dining
Main Street 'parklets' to provide outdoor dining_img Construction was to begin this week on the first of two "parklets" in downtown Villa Rica, designed to provide an outdoor dining experience for patrons of two Main Street restaurants.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian
Signs planned to welcome, direct Villa Rica visitors
Signs planned to welcome, direct Villa Rica visitors_img Visitors to Villa Rica will soon be welcomed by new signs at the each of the entrances to the city, and be guided around downtown by more signs directing them to the city's many attractions.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian
St. Marys sea level study released
St. Marys sea level study released_img The timing couldn’t have been better when St. Marys was selected for a study to determine its vulnerability to coastal flooding and potential impacts to rising seas over the next 50 years.
Source: Brunswick News
Conyers celebrates community with new logo
Conyers celebrates community with new logo_img A big C filled with confetti is the new logo and branding for the city of Conyers and goes along with a new tagline of “Celebration of Community.”
Source: Rockdale Citizen
Euharlee council agrees on county sewer line link
Euharlee council agrees on county sewer line link	_img Despite a sparse turnout for its monthly work session, the Euharlee City Council agreed unanimously to link to a sewer line with Bartow County at a cost of $2 million.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News
Tybee Island officials approve new lease for North Beach Bar & Grill
Tybee Island officials approve new lease for North Beach Bar & Grill_img Officials on Tybee Island this week adopted a new lease agreement that leaves a popular North Beach restaurant in place for the next five years.
Source: Savannah Morning News
Officials present latest plans for Savannah's downtown streetscape improvements
Officials present latest plans for Savannah's downtown streetscape improvements_img Residents and frequent visitors of Savannah’s most popular historic streets got a fresh look Thursday night at the street designs planned for the city’s downtown area.
Source: Savannah Morning News
Mall hopes high at mayor’s “#SOGO” Summit
Mall hopes high at mayor’s “#SOGO” Summit_img Mayor Hardie Davis’ “#SOGO” initiative made leveraging Fort Gordon growth to revive Regency Mall its focus at a Thursday summit.
Source: Augusta Chronicle
City offering fire academy for Griffin residents
City offering fire academy for Griffin residents_img “The goal for the program is to increase public interaction with the establishment of a Citizens Fire Academy to showcase the workings of Griffin-Fire Rescue and to develop stronger community ties,” Griffin Fire Chief Tommy Jones said. This is the city’s third fire academy.
Source: Griffin Daily News
City Council approves TAD funding for midtown project, construction imminent
City Council approves TAD funding for midtown project, construction imminent_img As expected, Gainesville City Council this week gave approval to a resolution that provides Tax Allocation District (TAD) monies for The Enclave Redevelopment Project in midtown.
Source: Access North Georgia
Sandy Springs city attorney digs into possible zoning violations
Sandy Springs city attorney digs into possible zoning violations _img Sandy Springs City Attorney Wendell Willard is going after suspected zoning violators.
Source: Neighbor News
Main Street aims to give back during Market Days
Main Street aims to give back during Market Days_img A program of the city of Newnan designed to boost downtown merchants is offering a new benefit to select nonprofit organizations.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald
Senoia taking boundary dispute to court
Senoia taking boundary dispute to court_img A property line dispute between the city of Senoia and a downtown property owner is headed to court.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald
Mayor candidate Bottoms gives up Atlanta/Fulton Recreation job
Mayor candidate Bottoms gives up Atlanta/Fulton Recreation job_img Atlanta mayoral candidate and City Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms announced Thursday she is stepping down from her day job as head of the Atlanta and Fulton County Recreation Authority.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta seeks vendors for City Plaza retail food, beverage space
Atlanta seeks vendors for City Plaza retail food, beverage space_img Vendors looking sell food and beverages in Atlanta City Plaza have one more day to submit proposals.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Hampton alcohol ordinance fails, new one proposed
Hampton alcohol ordinance fails, new one proposed_img An alcoholic beverage ordinance that passed its first reading last month in Hampton recently failed to move further. The measure in question would have allowed consumption of alcohol on public streets and sidewalks during certain city events.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Suwanee votes to keep sculpture for permanent collection
Suwanee votes to keep sculpture for permanent collection_img Suwanee citizens have voted and selected ‘The Herd’ by Phil Proctor as the 2015-2017 Suwanee SculpTour People’s Choice winner.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Lawrenceville to demolish downtown buildings
Lawrenceville to demolish downtown buildings_img The Lawrenceville City Council voted recently to fund the demolition and disposal of three city-owned properties.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Roswell to hang sculpture from Ga. 400 river bridge
Roswell to hang sculpture from Ga. 400 river bridge_img A sculpture from Russia will soon hang from the Ga. 400 bridge over the Chattahoochee River.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
City council discusses project at Robinson Building
City council discusses project at Robinson Building_img The Douglasville City Council began their city council committee meeting Monday with the staff report and discussion with an applicant applying to receive funds with the Georgia Department of Community Affairs Downtown Development Revolving Loan fund. The project is scheduled to take place at 6671 Church Street, which is also known as the Robinson Building.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel
Covington City Council approves locking sprinkler caps on commercial construction
Covington City Council approves locking sprinkler caps on commercial construction_img The Covington City Council approved a change to its ordinance dealing with fire prevention equipment to require new commercial construction to have metal locking caps on automatic fire suppression (sprinkler) system inlets. The second reading and approval of the ordinance came at the council’s March 20 meeting.
Source: Rockdale Citizen
Council tables Univeter project
Council tables Univeter project_img City council members postponed their vote on the controversial Univeter Road development Monday evening after expressing concerns about the project’s density and giving the developer more time to revise his site plan.
Source: Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News
City says yes to Sunday sales
City says yes to Sunday sales _img Thomasville votes yes to Sunday sales.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder
Patients, Dacula community gathers to cut ribbon at new Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta urgent clinic
Patients, Dacula community gathers to cut ribbon at new Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta urgent clinic_img About a year and a half ago, Buford pre-teen Matthew Caymol woke up from a three-week-long medically induced coma in Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post
Businesses owners respond to Sunday sales vote
Businesses owners respond to Sunday sales vote_img Restaurant owners are pleased with results of a Tuesday referendum in which the Thomasville electorate voted overwhelmingly for Sunday package alcoholic beverage sales and by the drink.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder
Restaurant tours are part of busy tourism season
Restaurant tours are part of busy tourism season_img Local tourism officials will offer a tasting tour of four restaurants on the second Saturday of each month beginning in April.
Source: Rome News-Tribune
Villa Rica hotel-motel tax bill awaits Deal signature
Villa Rica hotel-motel tax bill awaits Deal signature_img A bill to increase Villa Rica’s hotel-motel tax to 8 percent is awaiting the signature of Gov. Nathan Deal.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian
Branding Carrollton: Residents speak
Branding Carrollton: Residents speak_img While there are several factors that set Carrollton apart as a “unique place with a small town vibe” and attract people who want to live, work and play here, city officials are being asked to consider public transportation, ethnic and healthy dining options, and a bowling alley or laser tag arena for a teen/youth social scene.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian
Watkinsville voters approve Sunday sales
Watkinsville voters approve Sunday sales_img An overwhelming majority of Watkinsville voters found no moral misgivings with Sunday sales inside the city limits.
Source: Oconee Enterprise
Daniels-Smith appointed to City Council
Daniels-Smith appointed to City Council_img In an unanimous vote at last Monday’s March Council meeting, Flossie Daniels-Smith was appointed to the Donalsonville City Council to represent District 2. T
Source: Donalsonville News
Commerce to expand gas service for industry
Commerce to expand gas service for industry_img Commerce officials plan to undertake three projects that will result in a major expansion of the city’s natural gas system.
Source: Commerce News
Lula looks at directional sign for downtown area
Lula looks at directional sign for downtown area_img The Lula City Council is looking for ways to bring visitors to the downtown area. At a meeting held Monday, March 13, city manager Dennis Bergin presented a design for a directional sign proposed to be placed at the intersection of Athens Street and Hwy. 365.
Source: Banks County News
Savannah moves to stimulate its downtown residential growth
Savannah moves to stimulate its downtown residential growth_img The city is working to ensure that Savannah’s downtown remains a place where people can live as well as visit, as a growing number of hotels and vacation rentals are built to accommodate tourists.
Source: Savannah Morning News
Watkinsville voters say ‘yes’ to Sunday alcohol sales
Watkinsville voters say ‘yes’ to Sunday alcohol sales_img Fewer than 200 people voted Tuesday in Watkinsville, but those who did have authorized the Watkinsville City Council to allow alcohol sales on Sundays within the city limits.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald
Ever heard of a tree bank? Peachtree City may get one
Ever heard of a tree bank? Peachtree City may get one_img The Peachtree City Council on March 16 heard a presentation on establishing a tree fund. The ordinance amendment is expected to come before the council in April.
Source: Fayette Citizen
Tyrone deal with Fulton brings 60% more sewer
Tyrone deal with Fulton brings 60% more sewer_img The years-long attempt by Tyrone to obtain additional sewer capacity came to an end on March 16. The Town Council declined a potential agreement with Peachtree City in favor of an offer from Fulton County that included more capacity and no construction costs.
Source: Fayette Citizen
19-year-old candidate heads to runoff in city council race
19-year-old candidate heads to runoff in city council race_img A 19-year-old candidate seeking a city council seat in the newly formed city of Stonecrest is headed to a runoff election next month.
Source: Neighbor News
Conditional zone approved for Louise Street business
Conditional zone approved for Louise Street business_img The Bainbridge City Council voted to grant a conditional use application to rezone an area on East Louise Street in their monthly meeting for March.
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight
Brookhaven appoints city's first economic development director
Brookhaven appoints city's first economic development director_img The city of Brookhaven has filled the position for its first ever economic development director.
Source: Neighbor News
Atlanta Council To Consider Reclassifying Marijuana Offenses
Atlanta Council To Consider Reclassifying Marijuana Offenses_img New legislation before the Atlanta City Council would make possession of small amounts of marijuana a citation-only offense.
Source: WABE
More Bike Lanes Are Headed To Downtown Decatur
More Bike Lanes Are Headed To Downtown Decatur_img Decatur's City Commission has approved $1 million to build more bike lanes downtown. It's part of the Decatur PATH Foundation Connectivity and Implementation Plan, which is a long-term cycling and walking connectivity plan for the city.
Source: WABE
There Will Be Beer: Georgia Lawmakers Approve Craft Beer Bill
There Will Be Beer: Georgia Lawmakers Approve Craft Beer Bill_img You soon might be able to walk into your favorite local brewery and order up a pint or grab a six pack to take home.
Source: GPB News
Henry, Willsey to face off
Henry, Willsey to face off_img The Roswell City Council Post 4 seat will remain empty for another month after the special election March 21 failed to yield a majority winner.
Source: NorthFulton.com
$94K OK’d for temporary public parking
$94K OK’d for temporary public parking_img With much of its City Center parking fenced off for new construction, Alpharetta City Council voted Monday to allocate $94,000 to cover the cost of constructing a temporary parking lot on South Main.
Source: NorthFulton.com
Council approves pay revisions for police, fire
Council approves pay revisions for police, fire_img The City Council approved changes Monday to its compensation and benefits plan for police and fire department employees, raising pay to more closely match that of surrounding jurisdictions.
Source: NorthFulton.com
Stonecrest founder takes helm and other election results
Stonecrest founder takes helm and other election results_img After working for years to turn a section of southeast DeKalb County into the city of Stonecrest, Jason Lary will become the new municipality’s first mayor.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta BeltLine focuses on University Avenue development
Atlanta BeltLine focuses on University Avenue development_img Areas around Turner Field and the Adair Park and Pittsburgh communities could soon get some redevelopment help from Atlanta BeltLine.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta City Council passes $40 million housing opportunity bond
Atlanta City Council passes $40 million housing opportunity bond_img The Atlanta City Council recently approved an ordinance authorizing the city to issue the final $40 million of the Housing Opportunity Bond.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta fleet services employees develop winning strategy
Atlanta fleet services employees develop winning strategy_img The city of Atlanta has awarded the department of public works’ office of fleet services the opportunity to improve its parts management operation through a new strategy developed by several employees.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Norcross sticks with two-year council terms, for now
Norcross sticks with two-year council terms, for now_img The Norcross City Council recently voted to keep the terms for the mayor and city council members at two years instead of proposed new four-year terms.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
App lists Peachtree City yard sales
App lists Peachtree City yard sales_img Peachtree City has advised local yard sale fans that a free app now posts weekly sale locations. The feature is part of the Peachtree City App, available for iPhone and Android devices.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Duluth approves lease agreements for patio dining
Duluth approves lease agreements for patio dining_img The Duluth City Council voted recently to allow the city to lease portions of the Parsons Alley development for outside patio dining.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
House passes Marietta’s ‘So help me, God’ option
House passes Marietta’s ‘So help me, God’ option_img The State House has approved making the phrase “So help me, God” an option, instead of a requirement, in the oaths of office for the Marietta mayor and City Council members.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Decatur hopes to create Authority quickly after governor’s signing
Decatur hopes to create Authority quickly after governor’s signing_img Gov. Nathan Deal signed Senate Bill 124 Friday, allowing Decatur to create a Public Facilities Authority. The City Commission hopes to create the Authority soon said Mayor Patti Garrett.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Johns Creek adopts traffic calming policy
Johns Creek adopts traffic calming policy_img Responding to residents’ complaints of motorists speeding through their neighborhoods, the Johns Creek City Council has approved a traffic calming policy to handle future reports.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Smyrna Council delays decision on rebuilding firehouse
Smyrna Council delays decision on rebuilding firehouse_img The city of Smyrna has put on hold plans to tear down and rebuild an aging fire station on Concord Road after a bid to do the work was higher than expected.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal
Mayor Johnston advocates for voter participation
 Mayor Johnston advocates for voter participation_img Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston encouraged everyone to get out and vote during his comments Monday night at the Covington City Council meeting.
Source: Covington News
Design for new downtown Dalton park could get green light
Design for new downtown Dalton park could get green light_img Construction could being on Burr Park in downtown Dalton in May.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder
Main street status boosts downtown overall economy
Main street status boosts downtown overall economy_img Thomasville Main Street Program has resulted in a significant impact on the local economy.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder
Voters approve SPLOST for another six years
Voters approve SPLOST for another six years_img Millions of dollars will be coming into Milledgeville and Baldwin County for the next six years after city and county voters went to the polls Tuesday and voted to approve the continuation of the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST).
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder
Chamber official optimistic about Rome-Cartersville Development Corridor
Chamber official optimistic about Rome-Cartersville Development Corridor_img Construction of a direct connection from Rome through Cartersville to Interstate 75 may not be as far down the road as previously reported.
Source: Rome News-Tribune
Church, community group seeks action on neighborhood crime hot spots
Church, community group seeks action on neighborhood crime hot spots_img A coalition of churches and community groups is asking Rome officials to help them eliminate “hot spots” of drug sales and gambling in their neighborhoods.
Source: Rome News-Tribune
Rome joins Northwest Georgia Youth Football League
Rome joins Northwest Georgia Youth Football League_img Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation advisory board members expressed concerns Tuesday about the creation of a city schools competitive youth football program they fear will draw kids away from the unified recreation and Boys & Girls Club programs.
Source: Rome News-Tribune
Baldwin County voters say ‘yes’ to SPLOST extension
Baldwin County voters say ‘yes’ to SPLOST extension_img Baldwin County voters approved Tuesday an extension of the current special purpose local option sales tax.
Source: Macon Telegraph
Houston voters dive in on SPLOST
Houston voters dive in on SPLOST_img An indoor swimming facility and other large projects are coming to Houston County after an extension of the special purpose sales tax headed to overwhelming approval Tuesday.
Source: Macon Telegraph
Pulaski County voters approve new SPLOST
Pulaski County voters approve new SPLOST_img Pulaski County voters approved the continuation of a penny-on-the-dollar sales tax, according to unofficial election results.
Source: Macon Telegraph
Violent crime up in Warner Robins; leaders look for ways to curb it
Violent crime up in Warner Robins; leaders look for ways to curb it_img With violent crime up in Warner Robins, it wasn’t surprising that the issue was raised at a recent town hall meeting.
Source: Macon Telegraph
Animal shelter resolution delayed by commission
Animal shelter resolution delayed by commission_img Macon-Bibb County delayed a proposal to see if an outside agency was interested in running the animal shelter.
Source: Macon Telegraph
Macon prepares for possible dam breach, chlorine spill through Vigilant Guard training
Macon prepares for possible dam breach, chlorine spill through Vigilant Guard training_img When Macon Water Authority employees get to work next week, they will have a couple of potential disasters on their hands.
Source: Macon Telegraph
Groundbreaking for Chatsworth City Park stage is Friday
Groundbreaking for Chatsworth City Park stage is Friday_img The city of Chatsworth and the Murray Arts Council invite the public to attend the groundbreaking for a new stage to be built in Chatsworth City Park on Second Avenue. The groundbreaking ceremony is Friday at 3 p.m. in the City Park on Second Avenue behind City Hall.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen
First phase of lighting project begins
First phase of lighting project begins_img City crews have begun the engineering portion of the Georgia Highway 16 roadway lighting project approved last week by the city’s Board of Commissioners.
Source: Griffin Daily News
Edwards in lead for mayor in South Fulton elections
Edwards in lead for mayor in South Fulton elections_img Fulton County has released unofficial results in the city of South Fulton elections, with 95 percent of precincts reporting.
Source: Neighbor News
New city of Stonecrest has its first mayor
New city of Stonecrest has its first mayor_img Jason Lary pioneered the effort to create the city of Stonecrest and voters have now made him its first mayor.
Source: Neighbor News
Downtown Alpharetta getting temporary parking lot amid City Center construction
Downtown Alpharetta getting temporary parking lot amid City Center construction_img With development of Alpharetta’s City Center project now underway and a number of street parking spaces blocked off due to construction, a temporary parking lot is being set up in the downtown area.
Source: Neighbor News
A New Look For Downtown Atlanta Outlined In Master Plan
A New Look For Downtown Atlanta Outlined In Master Plan_img Downtown Atlanta could look a lot different in 15 years. The City of Atlanta and Central Atlanta Progress are updating the Downtown Atlanta Master Plan for the first time in a decade.
Source: WABE
2 qualify for Johns Creek Council special election
2 qualify for Johns Creek Council special election_img Two Johns Creek residents – Chris Coughlin and John Patrick Flores – have qualified as candidates for the special election April 18 to fill the vacant Post 4 City Council seat formerly held by Bob Gray.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
FINAL ELECTION RESULTS: Stonecrest mayor, South Fulton runoffs, other metro Atlanta votes
FINAL ELECTION RESULTS: Stonecrest mayor, South Fulton runoffs, other metro Atlanta votes_img The man who kick-started the city of Stonecrest will be its first mayor, voters decided Tuesday, while South Fulton residents will not know until April who will lead their city.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
BeltLine seeks study for redevelopment of University Avenue corridor
BeltLine seeks study for redevelopment of University Avenue corridor_img Atlanta BeltLine Inc. is ready to study future development along University Avenue near the new Westside Beltline Trail.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle
Peter Aman is about to rev up his Atlanta mayoral campaign
Peter Aman is about to rev up his Atlanta mayoral campaign_img Peter Aman opened an aggressive new phase of his bid for Atlanta mayor with the hiring of a new campaign manager, the debut of a radio ad blitz and a retooled message.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
School architect designed much of Augusta
School architect designed much of Augusta_img Geoffrey Lloyd Preacher, the architect who designed Houghton School more than a century ago, probably did more than anyone since James Oglethorpe to define the look of downtown Augusta.
Source: Augusta Chronicle
Height variances for new St. Joseph’s/Candler micro hospital cleared by Pooler officials
Height variances for new St. Joseph’s/Candler micro hospital cleared by Pooler officials_img The Pooler City Council this week removed one of the last obstacles impeding the St. Joseph’s/Candler health system’s purchase of about 18 acres of land to house a new “micro hospital” on the west side of Chatham County.
Source: Savannah Morning News
Brunswick port dips while Georgia ports booms
Brunswick port dips while Georgia ports booms_img The Georgia Ports saw record growth again in February, following an all time high in January. It was the Georgia ports’ second-highest monthly tonnage ever, following 3.02 million tons in January.
Source: Brunswick News
Mayor’s commission considers three options for Government Center project
Mayor’s commission considers three options for Government Center project_img Mayor Teresa Tomlinson’s Commission on New Government and Judicial Building is considering at least three options to address problems at the Government Center.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Augusta film industry growing with ‘Hollywood Dirt’
Augusta film industry growing with ‘Hollywood Dirt’_img Augusta’s film industry continues to expand with the ongoing production of Hollywood Dirt.
Source: Augusta Chronicle
Pocket park planned for Broadway median in downtown Columbus
Pocket park planned for Broadway median in downtown Columbus_img It appears there will be a new gathering space in the downtown Broadway median later this year.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Warner Robins approves drone ordinance
Warner Robins approves drone ordinance_img The City Council on Monday approved an ordinance restricting drones in the city.
Source: Macon Telegraph
Work continues on municipal parking lot improvements
Work continues on municipal parking lot improvements_img Work continues on plans for a $1.1 million project to improve the municipal parking lot in downtown Thomasville.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder
ACC still considering axing liquor-food ratio
ACC still considering axing liquor-food ratio_img Rome’s Alcohol Control Commission may be ready to drop the food sales requirement for venues that serve liquor, but it won’t happen without a scuffle.
Source: Rome News-Tribune
Abandoned houses will give way to new athletic field in the future
Abandoned houses will give way to new athletic field in the future_img The demolition of dilapidated structures started Monday at the future site of an athletic field near Riverside Drive.
Source: Macon Telegraph
Dalton council members enthusiastic about concept for Burr Park
Dalton council members enthusiastic about concept for Burr Park_img Construction could begin on Burr Park in downtown Dalton in May if City Council members approve the concept.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen
Longtime Lula City Councilman Lamb Griffin hospitalized
Longtime Lula City Councilman Lamb Griffin hospitalized_img In a rare instance, longtime Lula City Councilman Lamb Griffin missed Monday night's city council meeting.
Source: Access North Georgia
Lula leaders vote to remove, replace trees at Veterans Park downtown
Lula leaders vote to remove, replace trees at Veterans Park downtown_img Following up on a discussion held at last week's work session, the Lula City Council voted Monday night to proceed with removal of large trees at the Lula Veterans Park downtown.
Source: Access North Georgia
Already in peril, rural hospitals unsure on health care bill
Already in peril, rural hospitals unsure on health care bill_img Rural hospitals have long struggled, with patients who are older, suffer from chronic illnesses, and face few insurance options, if they're insured at all. Most rural hospitals have a higher-than-normal percentage of Medicaid patients; expected cuts to the federal program for low-income residents will affect facilities everywhere, but experts and administrators are particularly worried about rural areas. Still more rural patients are on Medicare, for those 65 and older, but both programs' reimbursements are lower than the cost of care.
Source: Neighbor News
Stonecrest mayoral candidate calls controversial mailer 'deplorable'
Stonecrest mayoral candidate calls controversial mailer 'deplorable'_img On the eve of the new city of Stonecrest’s first elections, one mayoral candidate is busy clearing his name after residents received a controversial mailer over the weekend.
Source: Neighbor News
Sandy Springs to end controversial sex-toy sales ban
Sandy Springs to end controversial sex-toy sales ban_img The city of Sandy Springs plans to end its controversial ban on sex-toy sales, a move coming days after a federal court agreed to decide whether the law is unconstitutional.
Source: Reporter Newspapers
Atlanta City Council repeals 40 outdated ordinances
Atlanta City Council repeals 40 outdated ordinances_img The Atlanta City Council March 20 announced it earlier in the day passed, by a 14-0 vote, District 2 Councilman Kwanza Hall’s legislation that would repeal 40 of the 96 sections in the Atlanta municipal code’s quality-of-life chapter that are unconstitutional or preempted by state law.
Source: Neighbor News
Atlanta City Council approves bonds for zoo parking
Atlanta City Council approves bonds for zoo parking_img The Atlanta City Council voted Monday to issue $32.6 million in bonds to finance a 1,000-space, semi-underground parking garage in Grant Park next to Zoo Atlanta.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle
Atlanta watershed dept. hosting Fix-A-Leak Week
Atlanta watershed dept. hosting Fix-A-Leak Week_img Whether it’s fluctuations in the weather, aged plumbing systems or faulty pipes, leaks can occur. Household water costs can increase up to 75 percent from leaks.
Source: Neighbor News
Proposed Atlanta Sales Tax For The Arts Likely Dead
Proposed Atlanta Sales Tax For The Arts Likely Dead_img A proposed sales tax to create a steady stream of funding for the arts in Atlanta appears to be dead.
Source: WABE
Glynn County, Brunswick to participate in week-long disaster drill
Glynn County, Brunswick to participate in week-long disaster drill_img Residents can sample some meals ready to eat with some bottled water March 30 as local police, fire and other agencies participate in a full-scale, statewide exercise, Glynn County said.
Source: Florida Times-Union
Firms chosen to guide comprehensive plan in Suwanee
Firms chosen to guide comprehensive plan in Suwanee_img The Suwanee City Council voted earlier this month to award contracts to Lord Aeck Sargent and Clark Patterson Lee for the 2040 Comprehensive Plan.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Milton to pay $50K for retail market study
Milton to pay $50K for retail market study_img Milton has retained a marketing consultant to conduct a retail recruitment study at a cost of $50,000 for the Ga. 9/Deerfield corridor.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Loganville special election Tuesday will decide Sunday alcohol sales
Loganville special election Tuesday will decide Sunday alcohol sales_img Loganville will hold a special election Tuesday to determine if the city will allow Sunday sales of beer, wine and distilled spirits by the package.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Stonecrest, South Fulton voters go to polls to elect first-ever mayors, council
Stonecrest, South Fulton voters go to polls to elect first-ever mayors, council_img Residents in two new cities, South Fulton and Stonecrest, will cast ballots today for their first mayors and council members as voters across metro Atlanta go to the polls for local elections.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
State supreme court hears annexation dispute case
State supreme court hears annexation dispute case_img As South Fulton voters prepared to cast their ballots for the city’s first government, attorneys argued Monday about the new municipality’s borders before the state supreme court.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Doraville wins court ruling against strip club
Doraville wins court ruling against strip club_img The city of Doraville on Monday won another round in its long-running, contentious dispute with Oasis Goodtime Emporium, the adult entertainment club on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Mayor: I’m running for re-election
Mayor: I’m running for re-election_img Statesboro Mayor Jan Moore and the two City Council members up for election this year, Phil Boyum in District 1 and John Riggs in District 4, all have said they plan to seek re-election.
Source: Statesboro Herald
Gainesville Midtown project draws support and skepticism
Gainesville Midtown project draws support and skepticism_img S&H Uniform Service owner Ricky Stone has been running the family business for more than 35 years.
Source: Gainesville Times
Trump’s proposed budget would eliminate funds for public health, safety projects in Rome
Trump’s proposed budget would eliminate funds for public health, safety projects in Rome_img Rome stands to lose at least $400,000 a year under President Donald Trump’s proposed budget, and cities across the nation are facing similar situations.
Source: Rome News-Tribune
Covington Council considering city marshals for code enforcement
Covington Council considering city marshals for code enforcement_img The Covington City Council is reviewing plans that could change code enforcement officers to city marshals. If the plan is implemented, the marshals positions would be filled by two current code enforcement officers who are already POST certified and would be authorized to carry guns, body armor and body cameras.
Source: Rockdale Citizen
LaFayette holding registrations for adult spring sports
LaFayette holding registrations for adult spring sports_img The City of LaFayette Parks and Recreation Department will be offering adult spring sport programs that include Ultimate Frisbee, kickball and volleyball.
Source: Rome News-Tribune
Local 4-year-old gets surprise from MPD
Local 4-year-old gets surprise from MPD_img On a cold, overcast afternoon last Saturday, officers from the Milledgeville Police Department responded to an incident at Rocket Roller Rink.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder
Duluth’s 2017 calendar features traditional and new events
Duluth’s 2017 calendar features traditional and new events_img The city of Duluth has released its calendar of events for 2017, and it includes some old favorites along with some new activities for local residents. A new art festival leads the way in offerings from the city, which also include its signature Food Truck Fridays as well as live music and a lantern walk.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post
Ginger Pride parade goes on despite sloshy start
Ginger Pride parade goes on despite sloshy start_img Rome's Ginger Pride Parade was held today on Broad Street. Despite a wet morning, the parade went on as usual. The annual event celebrates "gingers" and focuses on anti-bullying.
Source: Rome News-Tribune
Telling the story of Rome’s police
Telling the story of Rome’s police_img Waiting to be picked up when the time is right, a volume of Rome and Floyd County history rests high above Randy Gore’s desk at the Joint Law Enforcement Center, distanced from the yellow legal pads linearly organized before him.
Source: Rome News-Tribune
Sugar Hill continues music push with latest concert series
Sugar Hill continues music push with latest concert series_img The city of Sugar Hill has worked hard to build a downtown presence, using an emphasis on music to attract people to The Bowl, which sits behind city hall. That emphasis contines this year with the Quantum National Bank Concert Series, which will feature a line-up that includes performances by Collective Soul, Ben Folds and country singer Josh Turner among others.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post
Canton Council votes to require conditional use permits for apartment complexes in city limits
Canton Council votes to require conditional use permits for apartment complexes in city limits_img The Canton City Council voted unanimously Thursday evening to require conditional use permits for any developer who wants to build apartment complexes within city limits.
Source: Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News
New development at Univeter Road hangs in the balance Monday
New development at Univeter Road hangs in the balance Monday_img Mayor Steve Miller will call for a vote by the Holly Springs City Council Monday night on a controversial 158-home development slated for 79 acres on the north side of Univeter Road.
Source: Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News
Dog, cat retail sales banned
Dog, cat retail sales banned_img Cheers and applause echoed through City Hall on Thursday evening following the city council’s unanimous decision to become the first city in the state to ban the retail sales of dogs and cats.
Source: Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News
Smyrna is metro area’s hottest hotspot for new homes
Smyrna is metro area’s hottest hotspot for new homes_img Everyone wants to live in Smyrna.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal
Powder Springs mayor will not rule out tax hike
Powder Springs mayor will not rule out tax hike_img Powder Springs held a budget town hall meeting Tuesday night that one attendee described as “spicy.”
Source: Marietta Daily Journal
Oakwood staying busy with road projects
Oakwood staying busy with road projects_img Oakwood’s road improvement efforts aren’t gearing down anytime soon.
Source: Gainesville Times
Valdosta, Uber is here
Valdosta, Uber is here_img Uber rides are officially up and running in Valdosta, City Manager Larry Hanson said Friday.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times
Garden City seeks grant funding to improve water pressure in Rossignol Hill
Garden City seeks grant funding to improve water pressure in Rossignol Hill_img Officials in Garden City are hoping to get state grant funding to help improve water pressure in one of the town’s oldest neighborhoods.
Source: Savannah Morning News
Spirits high as Savannah sweeps up St. Patrick's Day mess
Spirits high as Savannah sweeps up St. Patrick's Day mess_img When 500,000 locals and tourists congregate to celebrate Savannah’s favorite holiday for three full days, things can get pretty messy.
Source: Savannah Morning News
City works around the clock through St. Patrick’s Day Festival
City works around the clock through St. Patrick’s Day Festival_img Hundreds of City employees worked around the clock through the weekend to help pull off a successful 2017 St. Patrick’s Day Festival.
Source: Savannah Morning News
Trade center governance bill back on track
Trade center governance bill back on track_img A bill designed to change the governance of the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center from a local authority to a state authority appears to be back on track after stalling in the Georgia Senate earlier this month amid confusion about whether local officials — including the trade center’s board — had been appraised of the measure.
Source: Savannah Morning News
Tybee Island makes the cut for best islands in the South by Southern Living
Tybee Island makes the cut for best islands in the South by Southern Living_img The Savannah area continues to rack up accolades in Southern Living’s “Best of South” awards and this time, they are recognizing the island.
Source: Savannah Morning News
County, city to end water service agreement
County, city to end water service agreement_img In a letter to the county, the City of Tifton has outlined plans to cancel the interlocal agreement between the city and county concerning water and wastewater services.
Source: Tifton Gazette
Albany-Dougherty County delegation to meet this week with Washington leaders
Albany-Dougherty County delegation to meet this week with Washington leaders_img A delegation of 10 Albany-Dougherty County leaders will meet this week with federal lawmakers and high-ranking military officials in Washington, D.C., to discuss matters that are important to the city and region.
Source: Albany Herald
Judges, commissioners reach compromise on probation program
Judges, commissioners reach compromise on probation program_img Augusta judges and commissioners appeared to reach a compromise Friday on whether probation officers in the newly-formed misdemeanor probation office need to be certified law enforcement personnel.
Source: Augusta Chronicle
Athens Downtown Development Authority offers new small loan program
Athens Downtown Development Authority offers new small loan program_img There is now a way for Athens businesses to apply for small loans to help with unexpected costs, after the Athens Downtown Development Authority approved a microloan program at its meeting last week.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald
Open for those in need, a Little Free Pantry downtown
Open for those in need, a Little Free Pantry downtown_img The first Little Free Pantry is now stocked and open in Athens. The small box, located near the entrance of the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce on West Hancock Street, offers free food and home goods to anyone in need.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald
VIDEO: 'You can never be content with crime,' says Warner Robins Mayor Randy Toms
VIDEO: 'You can never be content with crime,' says Warner Robins Mayor Randy Toms_img Mayor Randy Toms talks about curbing crime in Warner Robins, Georgia.
Source: Macon Telegraph
VIDEO: New skate park dubbed "coolest place in Macon"
VIDEO: New skate park dubbed Skateboarders and roller skaters converged on the new urban skate park which opened March 17, 2017, at Central City Park.
Source: Macon Telegraph
Macon-Bibb officials to vote on renaming park after first black city councilwoman
Macon-Bibb officials to vote on renaming park after first black city councilwoman_img East Macon Recreation Center could get a new name. The Macon-Bibb County Commission will vote Tuesday on a proposal to rename the center after former Macon City Councilwoman Delores Ann Brooks. Brooks became the first black woman to serve on the council in 1975 and remained on the board until 1995.
Source: Macon Telegraph
Action to be taken on historical Elm Street Bridge
Action to be taken on historical Elm Street Bridge_img Hogansville residents have been concerned recently about how stable and sturdy the two guardrails are on Elm Street Bridge.
Source: LaGrange Daily News
Improvements coming to Granger Park
Improvements coming to Granger Park_img As progress moves forward on the Thread trail, the area surrounding it is expected to receive some attention as well, especially at Granger Park where the model mile is currently under construction.
Source: LaGrange Daily News
Downtown projects ready by fall
Downtown projects ready by fall_img City officials are hoping some of the major projects that are in the works will have a positive impact on businesses downtown.
Source: LaGrange Daily News
Council taking first steps to fill administrator spot
Council taking first steps to fill administrator spot_img The city of Dalton has been without an administrator since Ty Ross resigned almost six months ago after almost seven years on the job.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen
New sewer plan OK’d
New sewer plan OK’d_img The idea of Tyrone wanting to obtain additional sewer capacity is nothing new. What is new is that the Tyrone Town Council, following a move a day earlier by the Fulton County Commission, voted March 16 to purchase 400,000 gallons per day from Fulton.
Source: Fayette Citizen
Suwanee mulls update to alcohol rules at Town Center Park
Suwanee mulls update to alcohol rules at Town Center Park_img Suwanee City Council is considering an update to its alcohol ordinance to allow for patrons to have alcoholic beverages in Town Center Park on any given day, instead of event days.
Source: Access North Georgia
Suwanee considers 'pause' on Martin Farm Road bridge rehab, considers replacement
Suwanee considers 'pause' on Martin Farm Road bridge rehab, considers replacement_img Officials in Suwanee are considering a move to hit the "pause" button on rehabilitation work on the Martin Farm Road bridge, with the possibility of replacing it altogether.
Source: Access North Georgia
Sugar Hill to pave, repair 14 city roads in 2017
Sugar Hill to pave, repair 14 city roads in 2017_img Sugar Hill City Council gave its approval this week to a series of 14 paving projects within the city's borders.
Source: Access North Georgia
Sandy Springs annexes ex-Home Depot CEO’s estate from Buckhead
Sandy Springs annexes ex-Home Depot CEO’s estate from Buckhead_img Sandy Springs is getting about 12 acres bigger as it annexes the estate of a former Home Depot CEO from the city of Atlanta.
Source: Reporter Newspapers
MARTA testing first electric bus
MARTA testing first electric bus_img It was more fitting than ironic that the front of the MARTA headquarters building in Buckhead was adorned with green balloons March 17.
Source: Neighbor News
Work remains to address Atlanta Streetcar audit
Work remains to address Atlanta Streetcar audit_img Dozens of problems have been identified in a stinging audit of the Atlanta Streetcar.
Source: Neighbor News
Police promotions highlight emphasis on continued education
Police promotions highlight emphasis on continued education_img Three months following the retirement of former Deputy Chief Rodney Riggs, the Newnan Police Department has announced his successor.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald
Opinions vary on possibility of outdoor alcohol downtown
Opinions vary on possibility of outdoor alcohol downtown_img As downtown restaurateurs are one step closer to being able to serve alcohol outdoors, many business owners and residents are looking forward to the possibility. Some are not.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald
Monticello Council Discusses SPLOST, More
Monticello Council Discusses SPLOST, More_img The Monticello City Council Tuesday spent considerable time discussing use of parks and the upcoming Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) negotiations, as well as handling several routine business items.
Source: Monticello News
What's Behind The Proposed Atlanta Sales Tax For The Arts
What's Behind The Proposed Atlanta Sales Tax For The Arts_img The City of Atlanta could get a small sales tax to support the arts. For every dollar spent in the city, one-tenth of a penny would go into a fund for music, dance, theater, fine art or other creative endeavors.
Source: WABE
Legislators may change city of Stonecrest before it starts
Legislators may change city of Stonecrest before it starts_img As the new city of Stonecrest holds its first election Tuesday, state lawmakers are moving forward with a bill that redraws districts and institutes term limits for the mayor.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Advisory committee hears sales tax requests for transit projects
Advisory committee hears sales tax requests for transit projects_img A lagging replacement schedule that has meant cracks are starting to appear in the frames of some buses. Dozens of bare-bones bus stops where nighttime passengers sometimes have to wave their lighted cellphones at bus drivers to alert them to stop.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald
Young candidate seeks seat on newly formed city’s council in Georgia
Young candidate seeks seat on newly formed city’s council in Georgia_img At 19, she’s barely old enough to vote. But Mary-Pat Hector of Lithonia, Georgia, says her aspirations are much bigger than her age and she’s hoping Tuesday’s election is another step in her journey.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald
Athens-Clarke commissioners poised to revisit stormwater utility fee
Athens-Clarke commissioners poised to revisit stormwater utility fee_img Ask Athens-Clarke County’s mayor, or any of the county’s 10 commissioners, what issue is most frequently brought up by constituents, and you’re likely to get a three-word answer — stormwater utility fees.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald
Woodstock seeks $140K state pedestrian grant
Woodstock seeks $140K state pedestrian grant_img The Woodstock City Council will seek $140,000 from the state for projects to make crossing Ga. 92 – one of the busiest thoroughfares in town – safer for those on foot.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Union City considers food truck law
Union City considers food truck law_img The Union City Council will consider a proposed Food Truck Ordinance. The ordinance would help regulate services offered by the growing number of food trucks operating within the city.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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