News Line for Statesboro

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

City eyeing changes to alcohol law
At the most recent Statesboro City Council meeting, one council member asked for a work session to discuss amending the alcohol ordinance. Now a notice of the city's intent to amend the ordinance is on the agenda for Tuesday's meeting.
Source: Statesboro Herald

City to enforce rules for stores
Code enforcement officers will be checking to make sure that businesses required to provide public restrooms do so, Statesboro City Manager Frank Parker told City Council last week.
Source: Statesboro Herald

New vision for S. Main
More than 50 people, including business owners, civic leaders and city officials, met last Thursday evening to explore ideas for revitalizing South Main Street.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Mayor Moore takes office
At 9 a.m. on the coldest day so far this winter, Statesboro's elected city government ceased to be an all-boys club.
Source: Statesboro Herald

City revokes Primetime alcohol license
Statesboro City Council members voted unanimously Tuesday to revoke the alcohol license of a woman who admitted in court to being untruthful on a license application.
Source: Statesboro Herald

New mayor, Primetime Lounge on tap
History will be made shortly after 9 a.m. Tuesday in Statesboro City Council chambers.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Council pays tribute to outgoing mayor
When Joe Brannen began his service as a Statesboro city councilman in 1998, the city had a population of about 20,000 and an annual operating budget of about $17.5 million.
Source: Statesboro Herald

City moves on plan for cleaner fuel
Statesboro’s Public Works Department intends to roll out a pair of vehicles this month that will be the first in a plan to save big dollars for the city.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Statesboro elects 1st woman mayor
Statesboro voters for the first time have elected a woman to serve as mayor.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Mayoral election set for Tuesday
Voters in the city of Statesboro will have the opportunity to elect a new mayor, when polls open for a runoff between top vote-getters of November’s general election.
Source: Statesboro Herald

City: Closed clubs are ‘nuisance,’ cost taxpayers
In the wake of a fatal shooting at a Statesboro nightclub Sunday, a discussion between Statesboro city officials and police led to the forced closure of two clubs with a history of violent incidents.
Source: Statesboro Herald

City shuts down 2 clubs
Law enforcement officers padlocked and chain-locked two Statesboro nightclubs Wednesday evening, just a few days after both were the scenes of violence.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Grant to help city, GSU to open the state's first FabLab
The university and city officials announced Thursday that the pair have been awarded a nearly $1.1 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) to expand the Georgia Southern City Campus, and create an only-of-its-kind facility in Georgia to help build businesses and create new products from the ground up.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Moore, McCollar advance to mayoral runoff
Four candidates entered and, after Tuesday, two remain.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Boyum wins District 1 again
Phil Boyum is two for two.
Source: Statesboro Herald

City buildings get defibrillators
Hoping for the best but planning for the worst, Statesboro city leaders recently made a decision to purchase and install several pieces of equipment with potential to save lives.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Boyum cites local knowledge, approachability in re-election bid
Borrowing the mantra of legendary football coach Erk Russell, Phil Boyum promised last year to “Do Right” by Statesboro District 1 voters.
Source: Statesboro Herald