News Line for Statesboro

Statesboro announces ‘tax increase’ to keep same millage
With the effect on its budget now smaller than previously estimated, the city of Statesboro has slated three "property tax increase" hearings after several City Council members indicated support for keeping the millage rate unchanged.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Statesboro open meetings investigation expected to take another month
The investigation into whether city officials violated the Georgia Open Meetings Act during the tenure of former City Manager Frank Parker probably will take until mid-September or later to complete, Statesboro Mayor Jan Moore told City Council during its regular public meeting Tuesday.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Statesboro's alcohol ordinance back on tap for Tuesday
This time, Statesboro City Council has specifically invited people who sell alcoholic beverages to discuss the proposed replacement of the city's alcohol law.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Disappearing crosswalks will be back in downtown Statesboro
Traffic was blocked around the intersection of West Main and College streets Monday night and Tuesday morning as contractors removed the brick pavers from the four crosswalks.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Statesboro tourism office set to move to new home
Next week will be moving week for the Statesboro Convention and Visitors Bureau, whose new visitors center will feature a Georgia Southern Museum on Main and a parking area large enough for a camper trailer or bus.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Parkway honors former mayor, media innovator
A segment of Fair Road is now McDougald Memorial Parkway, honoring a mayor who brought Statesboro its sewer system and donated land for the founding of a church and a university, as well as his descendants, some prominent in electronic and print media.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Statesboro City Council deals with store sites, large and small
Control of retail developments — one big and one small — dominated stretches of Tuesday evening's three-hour Statesboro City Council meeting.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market confirmed for Statesboro's Market District
A city planning board meeting involving a "grocery store" beginning to be built at Brampton Avenue and Fair Road was underway when a reporter's cellphone, neglectfully left on, rang.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Investigation of Statesboro City Council begins
The investigation ordered by Statesboro City Council into whether a majority of council members met in potentially illegal private meetings with former City Manager Frank Parker or City Attorney Alvin Leaphart began Tuesday at 11 a.m.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Cheshire steps in as interim Statesboro city manager
Robert Cheshire, Statesboro’s city engineer for more than 15 years, has officially begun his service as interim city manager, after last week’s public falling out over alleged private meetings ended in City Council firing City Manager Frank Parker.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Statesboro employees get their raise; no pay study for now
At times during this week’s Statesboro City Council meeting, it appeared that some or all of the city’s 250-plus employees might not get a proposed 2.5 percent raise.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Statesboro-Bulloch fire committee launches in upbeat mood
Tricky questions such as where the city might put a third fire station remain in the future, but a joint city-county fire committee that met for the first time Tuesday agreed to address these in a spirit of cooperation.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Downtown Statesboro on the rise
The “State of Downtown” is strong and looking up, Downtown Statesboro Development Authority officials say.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Work begins on new Claxton City Hall
A site work crew is preparing the pad for the new City Hall, a $1 million project the city government has been saving for, for years.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Current alcohol ordinance left city of Statesboro 'powerless’
The city’s recourse to the Superior Court last fall for an order to close down two nightclubs after repeated gun violence, and a review of Statesboro’s Alcoholic Beverage Ordinance by the city attorney, revealed fundamental flaws in the existing city law.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Statesboro budget changes little; public hearing Thursday
Statesboro city officials aren't expecting a big crowd for Thursday's 4 p.m. public hearing on the fiscal year 2015 budget. No tax increases are proposed.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Low-income apartment complex draws opposition in Statesboro
Gateway Development Corp. will apply for tax credits to build a low-income apartment complex on Lester Road despite neighborhood opposition and a lack of endorsement by the city of Statesboro, Gateway Development President Thomas Ward said last week.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Statesboro spending $673,000 repaving streets
Drivers on Statesboro's streets this summer should encounter paving crews at work and, eventually, fewer potholes.
Source: Statesboro Herald

2 new groceries in Statesboro?
Two traffic projects that received Statesboro City Council support Tuesday will accommodate proposed new grocery stores and other businesses.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Council set to discuss alcohol rules
Tuesday will bring a regular City Council meeting at 9 a.m., followed by a council work session on overhauling the Alcoholic Beverage Ordinance.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Stormwater study moves forward
City Council voted Tuesday to proceed with the second half of a study that prepares Statesboro for a city stormwater department and a monthly fee to fund it.
Source: Statesboro Herald

City ponders larger raise for employees
Improvement in the economy after years of austerity has led to a discussion of whether the city of Statesboro should give its employees a 2.5 percent raise instead of a smaller raise and another one-time bonus.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Statesboro upgrading water system remote control
The city of Statesboro is moving forward with an upgrade of software and networking for its water and sewer control system after City Council recently approved spending up to $250,000 for this purpose.
Source: Statesboro Herald

City schedules work meetings on budget, alcohol ordinance
Statesboro City Council has a work session on the city budget scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday. A work session on an overhaul of the Alcoholic Beverages Ordinance will follow a regular meeting on May 6.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Drive-thru beer and wine fails to reach a vote
An ordinance amendment to allow drive-thru sales of closed-container beer and wine in Statesboro failed to get a motion for final approval from City Council this week.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Brooklet council votes to keep police department
During a meeting Thursday evening, Brooklet City Council members voted to keep the city's police department.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Inside Bulloch Business with DeWayne Grice - City to unveil retail study findings Thursday
Few things coming out of City Hall are more exciting than the Retail Strategies study they commissioned last year.
Source: Statesboro Herald

No South Main TAD referendum in May
Recognizing that a vote empowering the city to create a tax allocation district on South Main Street will not make its way onto the May 20 ballot, Statesboro officials are setting their sights on Nov. 4.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Platinum Lounge permanently shut down
A downtown Statesboro nightclub that has been "the scene of illegal activity," including more than one shooting and a death and that has been shut down since November, will not be allowed to open its doors again, according to a court order.
Source: Statesboro Herald

City mulls changes to alcohol law
A pending move to allow closed-container beer and wine to be sold at drive-thru windows generated more discussion. But Statesboro City Council on Tuesday also approved a six-month moratorium on new alcohol licenses for previously licensed locations shut down by court order.
Source: Statesboro Herald