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Nationally ranked Market in Statesboro
Statesboro's Mainstreet Farmers Market shows up in some "best of" lists, and recently moved up in the "101 Best Farmers Markets in America" published by the food and drink website The Daily Meal.
Source: Statesboro Herald

White council approves city elections
The White City Council approved an election to be held Nov. 3 for the city council seats held by Ronnie Roberts and Jimmy Bennett.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Neighborhood Watch to appoint new leadership because of Morrow mayoral race
Morrow’s Neighborhood Watch will appoint new leadership as a side effect of November’s mayoral campaign.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Former state senator to run for Smyrna City Council
Former state Sen. Doug Stoner, D-Smyrna, announced Monday he will run for the Smyrna City Council representing Ward 6.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Newton and Covington to share inspector
Newton County, searching for an inspector, entered an intergovernmental aid agreement with the city of Covington Monday to temporarily use its inspector, Brett Moore, to cover both the city and county temporarily.
Source: Covington News

Norcross City Council denies one-way street conversion
A proposition to turn Wingo Street in Norcross into a one-way street was a major point of contention at Norcross’ monthly City Council meeting Monday night.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Smyrna police offers escort service for cash deposits
The Smyrna Police Department is encouraging business owners to request a free police escort when making cash deposits.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Moody's assigns 'very strong' bond rating for Rome Tennis Center of Georgia
Immediate funding for the Rome Tennis Center of Georgia is closer to a reality after an international financial research company gave the city a “very strong” bond rating.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Kennesaw officials vote to stop receiving benefits
The City Council on Monday eliminated health care and pension benefits for the mayor and city council members by a 3-2 vote.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Marietta council to vote on purchasing fourth Franklin Road apartment complex
The Marietta City Council is scheduled to take a final vote Wednesday on spending $17.3 million to purchase Marquis Place Apartments on Franklin Road.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Carrollton approves $20.9M budget
The Carrollton City Council on Monday unanimously approved a $20.9 million general fund budget and tax rate of 4.62 mills.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Covington retiree benefit suspension not a new issue
After a long and stormy debate and a vote reversal at last week’s Covington City Council work session, retired city employees may be wondering where they stand if they seek re-employment with the city or win an elected city office.
Source: Newton Citizen

Cave Spring officials like Silver Comet Trail plan presented at Cedartown meeting
Members of the Cave Spring Downtown Development Authority liked what they saw Monday when a consultant unveiled a plan to extend the Silver Comet Trail through Polk County and into Cave Spring.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Acworth city attorney, solicitor see pay increase
The city of Acworth’s attorney and solicitor both received raises on Thursday, which Acworth Mayor Tommy Allegood said was the city’s way of thanking them for not raising fees during the recession.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

School plans to enforce ban on use of field at Barron Stadium; police in effect since turf laid in 2010
The artificial turf at Barron Stadium represents a significant investment by the voters of Rome and Floyd County, and the Rome school system plans to protect that investment.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Decatur, Emory Consider Changes To Same-Sex Couple Benefits
The city of Decatur is considering a change to the benefits it offers same-sex couples after last month's U.S. Supreme Court ruling on marriage.
Source: WABE

Unused Savannah Riverwalk docks getting repaired
The city of Savannah is preparing to repair the damaged docks along the closed east end of the Savannah Riverwalk past the Savannah Marriott Riverfront — an area closed to the public since the recent economic downturn stymied development plans there.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Pooler breaks ground on municipal complex
The city of Pooler on Monday ceremoniously broke ground on a new municipal complex, a project officials hope will be a catalyst for redevelopment in the area known as “Old Pooler” on U.S. 80.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Renovation of Fort Valley fire station preserves a bit of history
A 1925 American LaFrance fire truck and an old fire alarm system are among the treasures being preserved in the renovation of the Fort Valley Fire Department’s headquarters station on Church Street.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Battle lines forming in efforts to fight Macon-Bibb blight
A clash over the way millions could be used to clean up neighborhoods has prompted criticism from a Macon-Bibb County commissioner against Mayor Robert Reichert’s administration.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Warner Robins council considering false alarm crackdown, possible fine
Residents and businesses with multiple false alarms may have to start paying fines under an ordinance the city council is considering.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Augusta Commissioners divided as stormwater fee returns for another vote
A divided Augusta Commission will again take up implementing a stormwater utility fee at its Tuesday regular meeting.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Pooler nixes rezoning for proposed industrial park
Citing concerns about public safety, officials in Pooler on Monday turned down a request to rezone 328 acres of property off Jimmy DeLoach Parkway to house a new industrial park.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Clarkesville selects design/build team for fire-damaged downtown
The Clarkesville City Council has decided who will perform design work and redevelop the fire-damaged east side of the Square.
Source: Access North Georgia

New Ga. fireworks law leaves some fuming
Georgia’s new law legalizing fireworks gave some residents a giant headache this weekend as loud, celebratory explosions lasted into the early morning hours and at least one metro-Atlanta man was seriously injured.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Feds bite city twice
The Cartersville City Council learned at Thursday night’s meeting that the federal government has taken two bites out of the city’s proverbial rear.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Stockbridge DDA executive director talks new cyber security center
A cyber security center was the topic of discussion during a meeting Monday with a Stockbridge Downtown Development Authority representative and Congressman David Scott.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Bieser retiring from Lawrenceville City Council, endorses Still as successor
Age is just a number to some people, but it is also the basis for Lawrenceville City Councilwoman Marie Bieser’s recent decision to leave the city’s political scene.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Snellville named Tree City USA 14 years in a row
Apparently it’s easy being green in Snellville — in fact, the city has made a habit of it for 14 years in a row.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

City to add bike lanes and sidewalks to Irwin Bridge Road
Irwin Bridge Road is getting a facelift. For the next 10 to 12 months, the stretch of road from Main Street to Sigman Road will be closed while crews with Peach State Construction complete the $2.7 million road improvement project.
Source: Rockdale Citizen

Secretary, dog retire from Canton Fire Department at the same time
The Canton Fire Department thanked two team members for their hard work Tuesday at a retirement ceremony. Fire Department Administrative Assistant Sandra Degges is retiring after 16 years on the job, and, although fire dog Charity will still come to the station, she’s given up her stop-drop-and-roll duties.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Mid-year campaign finance reports due; most Rome commissioners haven't spent or raised enough to have to file
Eight of the nine Rome city commissioners filed their mid-year campaign finance reports by the June 30 deadline and Commissioner Wendy Davis said she’ll have hers at the city clerk’s office before the grace period ends Wednesday night.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Rome city officials talk up sales tax issues at GMA conference, hear about state of Georgia's cities
State tax laws were a hot topic for some of Rome’s city commissioners at this year’s Georgia Municipal Association annual conference.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Silver Comet Trail in the spotlight, to be discussed at Cedartown City Commission tonight
The Silver Comet Trail extends 61.5 miles and connects seven cities and three counties from Smyrna to the Georgia/Alabama state line in Polk County.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Holly Springs seeking input on redevelopment of its downtown
As Holly Springs continues to make strides in the redevelopment of its downtown district, it is seeking input from the people who call the city home.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Rome police Maj. Debbie Burnett returns from counterterrorism training in Israel
Major Deborah K. Burnett of the Rome Police Department has returned home after spending two weeks in Israel for training in the latest counterterrorism techniques and technologies by that nation’s top police officers.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Canton council votes in favor of design for fire station
The city of Canton agreed at its meeting Thursday to approve the design submitted by architect Wiley-Wilson to build the Northwest Canton Fire Station near Laurel Canyon. The vote was 5-0, with Councilman Hooky Huffman absent.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Waleska clerk wins 2015 statewide finance award
The city clerk from Cherokee County’s smallest city has won one of the biggest statewide awards from the Georgia Municipal Clerks and Finance Officers Association.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

City manager is open to new ideas for Canton
New City Manager Billy Peppers said his plan for the city of Canton is to open a dialogue among all its residents on the direction in which Canton should grow, and then take those ideas and formulate a plan.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Kennesaw considers plans for Depot Park
City officials are considering spending about $32,000 to redesign the plan for Depot Park near the downtown area of the city.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Kennesaw attorney advises against ballot question
The City Council could backtrack on its previous decision to put a question on the November election ballot asking residents whether they support term limits.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Smyrna City Council weighs in on term limits
Smyrna City Council members said they don’t feel the need to follow in Marietta and Kennesaw’s footsteps and put a term-limit referendum on the ballot.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Council to change landmark designation policy
The Tifton City Council will vote to change its policy concerning the designation of historic properties at its meeting Monday night.
Source: Tifton Gazette

Public Safety, city working to lower Bainbridge’s ISO rating
Earlier this year, Bainbridge received an ISO rating of four, which maintains lower homeowner insurance rates in the city.
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

City gives small raise to property taxes, Bainbridge revenue to drop
The City of Bainbridge has tentatively adopted a millage rate, which will require an increase in property taxes by 0.14 percent.
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

Pooler considers bar cards for anyone who serves alcohol in the city
A new ordinance in the works in Pooler would require additional training and a city-issued license for anyone serving alcohol to patrons of bars and restaurants in the city.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Study details economic benefits of preservation
The Historic Savannah Foundation recently released “Beyond Tourism,” a 60-page study about the impact of historic preservation on our economy and quality of life.
Source: Savannah Morning News

MAP to provide direction for downtown Macon improvements
Macon residents are being asked to help design the map for the city’s future. In this case, the map is the Macon Action Plan, a five-year strategic plan designed to improve Macon’s urban core.
Source: Macon Telegraph

More patrols, teen curfew enforcement on tap after Wal-Mart vandalism in Macon
For many teenagers, summer is all about fun, friends and freedom, but Macon leaders say too much freedom could spell trouble without setting limits such as a curfew.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Jim Elliott hits 30 years as Warner Robins city attorney
Thirty years ago, Mayor Ralph Johnson did some calculating and figured the city could hire a full-time attorney with the money it was shelling out for legal bills.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Glenloch spray park idea floated by rec. dept.
Officials in Peachtree City are planning to take a close look at a possible transformation of the Glenloch Pool into what recreation administrator Cajen Rhodes called a “spray park.”
Source: Fayette Citizen

Tyrone passes $3.14M budget
Tyrone’s FY 2016 general fund budget that began July 1 totaling $3.141 million represents a minor increase, approximately $35,000, over the FY 2015 budget it replaced.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Augusta wants more goats for detention pond program
Almost four months since dogs massacred eight of Augusta’s grass-eating goats, the herd is back up to 10 with plans to expand.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Lexington Road faces interesting challenges with economic development
As the business route of U.S. Highway 78 traverses Athens-Clarke County from west to east, it takes travelers past Georgia Square mall, a string of strip malls, auto dealerships, restaurants and other businesses before depositing them alongside the bustling downtown Athens area.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Finalists for Augusta housing director interviewed
Augusta is nearing the end of a search to replace former Housing and Community Development Direc­tor Chester Wheeler, who resigned in December.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Athens-Clarke planning commission helps clear way for Athens Regional to sell Gaines School Road tract
Athens-Clarke County planning commissioners have helped clear the way for Athens Regional Medical Center to sell a four-acre tract on Gaines School Road, agreeing with a hospital consultant that restrictions already in place for the property will sufficiently limit the potential uses of the property.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Goodwill to occupy former Wal-Mart space
Commercial growth in the city of Cornelia continues with its future addition of a Goodwill of North Georgia thrift store, charity donation and career centers.
Source: Northeast Georgian

Clayton council approves $4.83M budget
Clayton City Council unanimously approved its proposed $4.83 million budget for Fiscal Year 2016 Tuesday afternoon during a called meeting at Clayton Municipal Complex.
Source: Clayton Tribune

Concerns spur developer to plant more trees at southside Savannah Walmart site
The developer of a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market at Wilshire Boulevard and Abercorn Street has agreed to increase the number of trees and size of the trees that will be replanted, after residents, Savannah Alderman Tony Thomas and Mayor Edna Jackson raised concerns about the extensive removal of trees on the site.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah's film success creates new challenges
Savannah and Chatham County are enjoying a surge in film and television production.
Source: Savannah Morning News

New chief is first female top cop in county
Peachtree City Interim City Manager Jon Rorie announced July 2 that Suwanee Deputy Chief Janet Moon has accepted the position as Chief of the Peachtree City Police Department.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Augusta animal ordinance still being reviewed
Augusta-Richmond County’s long-debated animal ordinance package is under review by the city law department, but there is no timeline for when it could go to the Augusta Commission for a vote.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Self-driving cars will cost cities, futurists say
Self-driving cars and other emerging technologies are going to cut into municipal budgets nationwide, a panel of futurists says.
Source: USA Today

Report provides insights into Athens-Clarke County's economic development process
Athens-Clarke County is making good progress in revamping its economic development processes and strategies, according to a county report finalized this week, a report that also provides interesting insights into how the county is pursuing opportunities to bring new businesses and industries into the community.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Decatur park space lags behind Atlanta, nation
The year-old collective Downtown Decatur Neighbors is urging the city to create more park space, particularly around the square, before the land gets scooped up by developers.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Longtime Decatur residents making their voices heard
Both the Decatur commission and city school board are expected to draft resolutions later this year seeking homestead exemptions for seniors 65 and over.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Homeowners in some cities hit hard by property assessments
Thousands of Metro Atlanta homeowners got a nasty shock recently when property tax appraisals arrived in the mail. Residential property assessments are up sharply this year. But values rose much faster in some communities than others, a city-by-city analysis by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution found.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Mayor fields questions at tax freeze forum
Mayor Teresa Tomlinson outlined her proposal to sunset the city’s property tax assessment freeze and fielded a variety of questions from a crowd of 50-60 people Tuesday evening in the lobby of the Springer Opera House.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Covington gets closer to new hotel
City of Covington and Royal Hotel Investment Officials broke ground on the city’s newest hotel project, a Holiday Inn Express & Suites Friday.
Source: Covington News

Changes coming for utility payments
Richmond Hill residents and businesses will soon see a few changes in how they pay their utility bills.
Source: Bryan County News

Morrow resident JefDeTar plans to run for mayor again in December
DeTar announced to Clayton News via email Wednesday morning that he intends to run for mayor in the city’s December election. DeTar lost to Mayor J.B. Burke in Morrow’s last mayoral election in 2011 by one vote.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Woodstock kicks off holiday weekend with downtown street festival
The city of Woodstock is hosting a block party downtown Friday for its July installment of Friday Night Live — a family-friendly event with a street festival feel.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Council hires permanent city manager
After spending five months as acting city manager, the Kennesaw City Council voted Wednesday to appoint Jeff Drobney as the permanent city manager.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Downtown project involves wall shared by Martin, Summer
It’s not unusual for downtown Rome buildings to share a common wall — but in the case of 215 Broad St., there’s a twist.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

‘Good for everybody’: City debuts $68,000 worth of body cameras
Smyrna Police Chief David Lee said Wednesday he hopes the department’s new body cameras will increase transparency and benefit both his officers and the public now that they are being used in the field.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Smyrna’s State of the City scheduled for July 7
The Smyrna Area Council of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce and the Smyrna Business Association will have Smyrna Mayor Max Bacon deliver the annual State of the City address from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 9 at the Smyrna Community Center, 200 Village Green Circle in Smyrna.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

In spite of forced de-annexation, Waycross will keep providing water and sewer on Pierce County side of river
On the same day a law went into effect booting Waycross out of Pierce County, the City Commission voted Wednesday night to continue providing water and sewer services to a big church and other customers there.
Source: Florida Times-Union

Brunswick police chief wants to add school officers to understaffed city force
Police Chief Kevin Jones wants to bolster his understaffed patrol unit by swearing in Glynn County School District resource officers.
Source: Florida Times-Union

City tightening dog ordinance; will support PDA hospital plan
The Washington City Council took action Monday night on two items that will affect not only many of the city’s residents, but county residents too, as they passed an amended – and tougher – city dog ordinance, and also gave the city’s blessing to a plan that will support Wills Memorial Hospital without costing the taxpayers money.
Source: Washington News-Reporter

Valdosta raising garbage fees
The city of Valdosta has announced a $2 per month increase in residential sanitation fees.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Roundabout coming to Birmingham, Hopewell roads
The city is building a new roundabout at the intersection of Birmingham and Hopewell roads. Construction is anticipated to last a year.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Arts, Culture Board wants clarification on funding
The Johns Creek Arts and Culture Board’s agenda June 25 was dominated by the announcement by the City Council that rather than approve four arts grant proposals, members wanted to cut the program altogether.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Hobbs elected to GMA Board of Directors
Thomasville Mayor Pro Tem Greg Hobbs was elected to the Board of Directors for the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) during the association’s annual meeting in Savannah on Sunday.
Source: Thomasville Times-Enterprise

What will The District really look like?
As the timeline for The District, the city’s vision for a new downtown, is coming into focus, the Johns Creek City Council discussed June 15 just what it ought to look like after all the meetings and charrettes.
Source: NorthFulton.com

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

Aragon Mayor Ken Suffridge Elected to GMA Board of Directors
Aragon Mayor Ken Suffridge was elected to the Board of Directors for the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) during the association’s annual meeting in Savannah June 28.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Solution at College Drive expected by 2018
The longer Dalton officials thought about the idea of a roundabout at College Drive and Dug Gap Battle Road, the more nervous they got, said Dalton Public Works Director Benny Dunn.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Former ANIC chief makes short list to head Augusta housing and development department
The former head of the struggling Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp. turned up Wednesday on Augusta’s list of four finalists to head the Augusta Housing and Community Development Department.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Atlanta Streetcar to let riders buy tickets on their smartphones
The city of Atlanta plans to make it easy for Atlanta Streetcar riders to buy tickets on their smartphones.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

New Southeast Clarke Park playground will 'capture the magic' of World of Wonder
Sometimes, kids and their parents don’t quite see eye to eye — and that’s just one challenge the Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department faces in helping the community replace the World of Wonder playground at Southeast Clarke Park.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Valdosta raising garbage fees
The city of Valdosta has announced a $2 per month increase in residential sanitation fees.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Doraville streamlines updates for Assembly
Doraville is taking care of business.
Source: Champion Newspaper

Clark Hill kicks off re-election bid
Commerce Mayor Clark Hill kicked off his re-election campaign last Thursday with a rally in Spencer Park attended by approximately 100 supporters.
Source: Commerce News

Bainbridge assesses needs, opportunities at planning meeting
Bainbridge officials met with Southwest Georgia Regional Commission planner Steve O’Neil Tuesday morning to discuss various needs and opportunities within the city and how to implement them effectively.
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

Ground breaking ceremony held for traffic light
Tuesday, the City of Bainbridge held a ground breaking ceremony for a new traffic light that will be installed at the entrance of Bainbridge High School on Highway 84.
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

State gas tax hike hits local governments hardest
While Georgia drivers woke up this morning to what is expected to be a gradual increase in fuel costs of between 6 and 7 cents a gallon, their burden pales in comparison to that of local governments across the state.
Source: Albany Herald

‘Kid sense’ helps boys find missing children; Rome City Commission honors 3 who helped
The initiative of three Rome boys who wanted to help the police and their community led to happy endings in two cases where young children went missing.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Old playground removed from Ridge Ferry Park, to be replaced as part of SPLOST project
The approaching Fourth of July weekend and the allocation of SPLOST funds have led recreation officials to remove a 22-year-old playground from Ridge Ferry Park.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

City police pushing neighborhood watches to curb crime
Brunswick Police Chief Kevin Jones is fed up with the number of burglaries and car break-ins that have been reported in the past two weeks in the city’s Old Town neighborhood.
Source: Brunswick News

City engineer leaving Brunswick in good hands
There was quite a gathering of engineers on Mansfield Street in downtown Brunswick on Tuesday.
Source: Brunswick News

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

Smyrna police to start using body cameras
Smyrna police officers will begin wearing body cameras on the job starting today.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Mayor: We’re on schedule for success: Tumlin confident in Franklin Road redevelopment bond
Mayor Steve Tumlin said he’s not ready to declare the $68 million Franklin Road redevelopment bond a total success just yet, but his confidence is greater than ever.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Carlton Trail sidewalk project now complete
A sidewalk stretching more than half a mile and connecting citizens living in the northwest quadrant of Covington with the rest of the city is now complete. The project ran from Geiger Street to Moore Street in Oxford.
Source: Covington News

Marietta Police Chief honored by Rotary
Marietta Police Chief Dan Flynn was awarded the Norman Shipley Award by the Rotary Club of Marietta on Friday.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

‘Amazed it happened’: City leaders respond to viral video
Dalton Mayor Dennis Mock says a video that shows Sunday’s procession of vehicles on Walnut Avenue, each decorated with a Confederate flag, does not present “a true picture of who we are.”
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Big change could come around West Broad Street area
Athens-Clarke County might see the biggest redevelopment project in the city’s history in an area around the historic West Broad Street School — or a consulting firm might determine that it’s just not feasible.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Atlanta PD's body camera rollout is about to begin — but not without concerns
Before the end of 2015, the majority of Atlanta Police Department officers could be wearing body cameras in a move to provide greater transparency and accountability, particularly following recent officer-involved shootings.
Source: Creative Loafing

City of Savannah urges appellate reconderation of ruling reversing firefighters' pay case
Attorneys for the city of Savannah on Tuesday urged the state Court of Appeals to reconsider its ruling reversing a trial judge’s dismissal of a suit by 50 Savannah Fire & Emergency Services captains seeking increased pay.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Tybee ratifies FY16 budget
On the final day of fiscal year 2014-2015, officials on Tybee Island passed a $22.9 million budget for the next fiscal year that includes no property tax increase for residents and a last-minute bump in funding for some island nonprofits.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Property code offenders in Macon can now be fined
A change in code enforcement is intended to provide more bite by fining violators in Macon-Bibb County.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Raises for Riverdale mayor, council delayed
In Riverdale’s council meeting June 29, nine employees lost their jobs as the city council voted to pass the budget for fiscal year 2015-2016. The result is almost $600,000 saved in personnel costs.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Revival at Reeves: Elm Street looking to renovate historic house in downtown Woodstock
A disheveled two-story historic home nestled on land located adjacent to the Noonday Creek Trail in Woodstock will soon be transformed into a permanent home for the arts.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Riverdale could delay council raise after laying off nine employees
Riverdale’s mayor and city council could delay a raise they are set to receive this fiscal year — the same year that will leave nine high-paid employees jobless.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Historic Preservation Committee approves renovation applications
From simply installing support posts for a railing to entire exterior renovations, the Madison Historic Preservation Commission tackled a range of applications at its meeting on June 9.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

Rutledge to hold special election
City of Rutledge has issued a call for a special election to the Morgan County Board of Elections and Registration (BOER) to fill an unexpired term, on account of Mayor James Bratcher resignation last month. Councilwoman Brenda Thompson is serving as Mayor Pro Tempore in the meantime.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

City working to eliminate blight
Two houses were demolished last week in the city of Brunswick, both taken down as part of the demolition assistance program.
Source: Brunswick News

Flag replacement on McDonough Square not result of Charleston tragedy
City officials and staff say the removal of old flags from the Square is not in response to the Charleston shooting tragedy.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Officials talk filming perks in Hampton
Though many residents were excited about the recent filming of the AMC network’s “The Walking Dead” in Hampton, others voiced their frustrations.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Hampton center almost ready for construction
Plans are underway for a $2.2 million Senior and Recreational Center in Hampton.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

W.C. Bradley Co. down to final new condos for sale at Eagle & Phenix
It's been nearly seven years since the W.C. Bradley Co. made its first condominium sale at the Eagle & Phenix complex overlooking the Chattahoochee River in downtown Columbus.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Judge declines to halt bill compelling Waycross to pull city limits out of Pierce County on July 1
A judge has denied Waycross’ petition to delay a state law that will require the city to pull its city limits out of Pierce County by Wednesday. As a result, two city commissioners said they will vote to shut down water and sewer service to customers on that side of the border.
Source: Florida Times-Union

Tree removal for Walmart development criticized by Savannah alderman
Anyone commuting through the southside along Abercorn Street is likely to notice the cleared landscape where homes and trees recently stood at Wilshire Boulevard.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Downtown promoters report to commission
The Hinesville Downtown Development Authority has been busy.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

Minorities unite to change Gainesville’s electoral system
The exterior of a house on residential Desota Street in Gainesville gives little away about the history it holds inside, save for a sign marking it as the office of the local Newtown Florist Club.
Source: Gainesville Times

Ronnie Pierce enters city council race
Ronnie Pierce has entered the Valdosta City Council at-large race.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Griffin loses 92 years with latest retirements
Griffin Power has lost 92 years with the retirement of two employees and a third moving on.
Source: Griffin Daily News

Road work at Whitehall, Milledge to be completed early, sales tax group learns
A citizens committee overseeing Athens-Clarke County sales tax-funded projects learned Monday that a detour around the intersection of Whitehall Road and South Milledge Avenue, part of a major route into Athens from neighboring Oconee County, will be coming down three weeks ahead of schedule.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Athens Cultural Affairs Commission announces first Merit Awards for arts groups
Four local nonprofit arts groups are the first recipients of the Athens Cultural Affairs Commission’s Merit Awards for Excellence in Public Arts, an effort to encourage arts groups to engage with the community and also to boost ACAC’s profile, according to ACAC member Leara Rhodes.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

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

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

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

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