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Savannah’s National Historic Landmark District is now 52 years old, but not aging well and is in imminent danger of a severe loss of integrity, according to a report commissioned by the National Park Service.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Wes Smith resigned Monday as Rincon’s city manager after 18 months on the job, the mayor said. Mayor Ken Lee said Wednesday that Smith is “a fine man” and “everyone liked him,” but Smith felt he was “not the best fit” for the job.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Herman Donaldson took a vacant lot next to his house on Mill Street and transformed a nuisance into a large vegetable garden that helps feed his neighborhood. He thinks it could be a prototype for what the City of Augusta can do with vacant lots once hundreds of dilapidated homes are torn down.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

State officials are investigating allegations of vote buying in the Tuesday special election for Blythe mayor. Candice Broce, press secretary for Secretary of State Brian Kemp, said the office had opened an investigation Thursday into the allegations but would provide no further information.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Christy Terrell, northeast Georgia external affairs manager for Georgia Power, and Tony Ferguson, director, northeast region for Georgia Power, presented Mayor Nancy Denson with a franchise fee check totaling $5,223,140 to Athens-Clarke County.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Dalton Mayor Dennis Mock says residents will be "blown away" when the park being built at the Haig Mill reservoir opens this summer. "I'm up there pretty often, and they are marking great progress," he said at the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce's State of the Community breakfast on Thursday at the convention center.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

The City of Hogansville was presented with the final draft of the downtown master plan at a city council work session Monday. The main ideas emphasized were making the downtown focus on Commerce Street, adding street art and entertainment and using a hummingbird theme throughout the town.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Franklin City Clerk Karen Boyd earned Local Finance Officer Certification in the fourth quarter of 2017 through the Carl Vinson Institute of Government’s financial management training program.
Source: Heard Citizen

Motorists along primary gateways heading into the city of Gainesville may notice a series of new signs under construction. The city of Gainesville entered into an agreement for the new signage package about three years ago, according to city Communications/Tourism Director Catiel Felts.
Source: Access North Georgia

For new opportunities of family outings, Alpharetta Convention and Visitor's Bureau has mapped out some suggestions for adventure. "Families score big when they play and stay in Awesome Alpharetta," said a news release.
Source: Neighbor News

The city of Atlanta said its computers were hit by a ransomware attack Thursday. City of Atlanta’s Chief Operating Officer Richard Cox said it wanted to let the public know as soon as possible and the attack may have impacted other agencies in Georgia.
Source: WABE

Bail reform advocates say a provision added to an immigration enforcement bill in the state legislature would preempt a new Atlanta law that changed the city’s cash bail system.
Source: WABE

One of three Georgia senators who represent parts of Stonecrest says he opposes a bill that would create a strong-mayor form of government in the city and substantially boost the pay of its chief executive.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Fayetteville’s official blueprint for planning and development over the next four years was adopted by the mayor and City Council at their March 15 meeting.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

As Holly Springs prepares to start construction of its Town Center, the City Council has amended its codes to create a downtown entertainment district where alcoholic beverages can be consumed on public property outdoors.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Alpharetta City Council lowered the speed limits on several streets and added a number of new streets covered by its speed zone ordinance as it updated the law for the first time in more than five years.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Johns Creek Convention & Visitors Bureau and Urban Catalyst Lab is collecting the stories for artists William Massey and Hanif Kureshi, who will work with residents to create the mural in April.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Sandy Springs City Council has approved agreements with the FBI to name a police detective to two multi-jurisdictional, metro crime-fighting units.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Candidates for Statesboro City Council, such as those who will qualify next week for the May 22 special election in District 5, need to have been residents of their district for just six months, City Attorney Cain Smith said Thursday.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Mark Barber was appointed city manager by the Valdosta City Council at a meeting Thursday.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

This month is Natural Gas Appreciation Month, a month that celebrates the power of this important resource. On March 18, Natural Gas Utility Workers were also recognized for their hard work and accomplishments.
Source: Thomasville Times-Enterprise

The Americus mayor and city council meet Thursday for the regular monthly meeting.
Source: Americus Times-Recorder

The Americus mayor and city council meet Thursday for the regular monthly meeting.
Source: Americus Times-Recorder

A new charter for the city of Villa Rica is on its way to Gov. Nathan Deal after being passed this week by the Georgia Senate.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

A historic home in Madison that has become the battleground over development prospects and zoning policy is under contract to be sold. The Foster-Thomason-Miller House, located at 498 South Main Street, will be sold to the Madison-Morgan Conservancy, a local nonprofit aiming to protect greenspace and historical sites.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

Legislation authorizing Cave Spring to boost its hotel/motel tax to 8 percent from 5 percent cleared the Senate this week. It passed the House unanimously in February.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Not all of America's Rosie the Riveters were actual riveters, however those who are still alive more than 70 years after the end of World War II have riveting stories to tell.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

ustin Krieg, preservationist for Historic Columbus, gives an update on the status of developing the historic City Mills site in Columbus, Georgia.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

When a person retires, their employer might give them a gold watch or some other trinket on their last day, but Lawrenceville Police Chief Randy Johnson got something bigger and more permanent: His name on a building.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Savannah could lose its National Historic Landmark District status. That loss could threaten grants, tax incentives and professional help with historic buildings.
Source: GPB News

Not one ... not two or three ... but four city employees were honored at the March meeting of Metter City Council for acts of exceptional hero- ism.
Source: Metter Advertiser

Summer camp registrations are underway and the LaGrange Police/Fire Department Youth Camp is now taking applications. LaGrange Police Sgt. Marshall McCoy said the departments teach children what they do and show them their equipment at the free camp.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

A bid to upgrade the intersection on Ga. Highway 54 West, Togwatee Village Parkway and Piedmont Fayette Hospital was unanimously approved March 15 by the Fayetteville City Council.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Individuals caught in the city of South Fulton possessing an ounce or less of marijuana can pay a ticket instead of going to jail and having a criminal record.
Source: Neighbor News

The city of Brookhaven’s attempt to take 19 acres of land for the Peachtree Creek Greenway was an illegal “bad faith” deal, a DeKalb County judge has ruled.
Source: Reporter Newspapers

The Dunwoody City Council is considering allowing those living on corner lots with side street yards be able to build privacy fences up to six feet rather than four feet currently allowed in the ordinance.
Source: Reporter Newspapers

One local state lawmaker is celebrating the passage of a bill she co-sponsored that will give municipalities across Georgia more control over when fireworks can be set off.
Source: Neighbor News

Sandy Springs is “aiming” to open its new City Hall at City Springs on May 7, a city spokesperson said following reports of that date from the mayor and a City Council member.
Source: Reporter Newspapers

The following letter is about Senate Bill 426, which was approved by the Senate Feb. 28 and still under consideration by the House as of March 21. It is in response to a March 19 letter to the editor by Phil Jacobs.
Source: Neighbor News

The Milton City Council had a full slate of zoning requests to consider Monday and ended up tabling perhaps the most contentious agenda item.
Source: NorthFulton.com

The date of Statesboro’s special election for the vacant District 5 City Council seat remains May 22, after the remaining four council members declined to take up a resolution changing the election to Nov. 6.
Source: Statesboro Herald

A California transplant who wants to preserve Clermont’s tranquil atmosphere won a special election on Tuesday, March 20, the claim the Town Council’s Ward 1 seat.
Source: Gainesville Times

Washington was one of 34 Georgia cities recognized as a Tree City USA during the state Arbor Day celebration at Flinchum’s Phoenix, February 15.
Source: Washington News-Reporter

When Trion Council members voted in August of 2015 to approve the sale of beer and wine in the town, raising revenue was one of the main goals cited. More than two years later the town is seeing little in the way of tax money.
Source: Summerville News

Statham City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to table a proposed contract with Bureau Veritas (which contracts for planning and zoning, inspections and code enforcement) so it can get a cost comparison between using a private contractor and city employees for the services.
Source: Barrow News-Journal

The Lula City Council is moving forward with plans for renovation of the train depot.
Source: Banks County News

The council approved a resolution presented by city attorney Tommy Colman adopting a sexual harassment policy at their March 6 Blakely City Council meeting.
Source: Early County News

Since the inception of the Bainbridge-Decatur County Recreation Authority in 2015, members have been brainstorming ideas for a new, all-inclusive recreation facility.
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

The Rome-Floyd County Development Authority got clean audit reports for 2017 on Tuesday, however the auditors did ask for some clarity of conduit bonds that have been authorized by the agency through the years.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

A full certificate of occupancy has now been issued for the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel on West Third Street. Building Inspection chief Howard Gibson said that paves the way for Marriott personnel to complete their final testing and evaluations of the hotel prior to its opening.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

A proposed ordinance that would expand the open-container law for visitors in downtown Columbus has reduced the area where alcoholic drinks will be allowed, an Uptown Columbus Inc. and police officials said Tuesday during a meeting at The Loft.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

A Lawrenceville police officer who was nominated by incoming Police Chief Tim Wallis for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Law Enforcement Gold Medal award was recently honored as the Gwinnett post’s Officer of the Year.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

High winds from a severe Monday night thunderstorm downed trees and caused power outages across Carroll County, while the roof of the Villa Rica Public Library was so heavily damaged the building had to be closed.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

The planning committee for the inaugural Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration in Richmond Hill met last week to continue laying the foundation for the event.
Source: Bryan County News

Riceboro City Council is delaying approval of a 32-acre passive solar farm planned near the intersection of U.S. Highway 17 and the E.B. Cooper Highway. Councilman Chris Stacey had several questions about the project at the group’s March meeting, leading Mayor Bill Austin to say that the matter could be “discussed off-line” before the council votes.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

A recent request for proposals to operate the closed Forsyth Park cafe is light on specifics regarding future uses for the vacant public building that sits amid one of Savannah’s most popular recreational attractions.
Source: Savannah Morning News

People have already started calling Savannah police Capt. Ashley Brown “chief.” The Pooler native was tapped to replace former Pooler police Chief Mark Revenew on March 8th, but he said it still feels odd to hear “chief” before his name.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Forty projects featuring initiatives such as planting a bed of flowers outside of a school and participating in the beautification of certain roads and homes in Augusta were posted on a board inside St. Andrew’s Hall at First Presbyterian Church on Tuesday. The projects are part of the CityServe initiative, which brings together local churches, nonprofits and community leaders and aims to address community needs.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

The Augusta Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to seek financing for renovating part of the old Joint Law Enforcement Center and demolishing the rest.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Grovetown is working out a plan to refurbish up to three of the city’s wells to save money buying water from Columbia County. “Every drop of water we get from Columbia County, we pay for,” Grovetown City Administrator John Waller told the city council. “So every gallon we can produce ourselves is one less gallon we have to pay for from Columbia County.”
Source: Augusta Chronicle

The Harlem Arts Council on Thursday will showcase local artifacts more than a century old, and reveal history long forgotten. The trove of items was found in February 2017 after a restoration was started on an old building, according to Phil Turner, the Arts Council’s historian.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

The Hogansville City Council unanimously passed a resolution to become a Purple Heart City at its meeting Monday night. The Purple Heart City recognition sign was presented to the American Legion Post 152.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

A plan for a bypass to the west of Bishop seemed to gain tentative acceptance from area residents at a Monday public meeting
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Despite a petition from restaurants and others, the Helen City Commission will not allow open alcohol containers in the city, known as Georgia’s Alpine Village.
Source: Access North Georgia

Mary Susan Powers will fill a seat on the Hoschton City Council following her win in Tuesday's special election.
Source: Access North Georgia

Dawsonville's current mayor, Mike Eason, defeated former mayor James Grogan in a special election Tuesday.
Source: Access North Georgia

The Gainesville City Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to take legal action in the fight against opioid overuse and abuse, joining numerous other municipalities and jurisdictions across Georgia and the U.S.
Source: Access North Georgia

With the increasing school population and more student drivers in the city, Alpharetta continues to face the issue of where to park.
Source: Neighbor News

Valdosta City Council will consider bids to buy 12 Dodge Chargers, valued at approximately $260,000, for the Valdosta Police Department.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Construction of the city’s new Skyland Park has been hampered by rain and more rain in recent months, but the park is slowly shaping up with sand volleyball pits being dug out and a huge granite wall surrounding them going up.
Source: Reporter Newspapers

The Heritage Sandy Springs Farmers Market may move this year to City Springs and receive city sponsorship. The concept, approved by City Council consensus for further work on March 20, would have the farmers market open its season April 14 at its longtime Century Springs office park location.
Source: Reporter Newspapers

The Warner Robins Stormwater Utility Committee of Assistant Public Works Director and Stormwater Utility Manager Krag Woodyard, City Attorney Jim Elliott, Public Works Director George Brannen, Interim City Clerk Kathy Opitz, Chief Financial Officer Holly Gross and Customer Services Manager Cedric Allen met to continue their efforts in resolving the Stormwater billing and management matter that has been a constant topic within the city of Warner Robins.
Source: Houston Home Journal

The Sandy Springs City Council approved fees for parking and was briefed on proposed ticketing fees for the City Springs project during its March 20 meeting at City Hall.
Source: Neighbor News

Perry City Council met Monday evening for their second work session of the month. First on the agenda was a request from the Westfield School about the city providing a cross guard.
Source: Houston Home Journal

At the March 20 Sandy Springs City Council meeting at City Hall, Mayor Rusty Paul announced his task force and the council approved a formal program to begin planning for redevelopment of the city’s north end.
Source: Neighbor News

Warner Robins Council meeting got off to an athletic start Monday night when Mayor Randy Toms first recognized the Houston County wrestling team, which includes all county high schools.
Source: Houston Home Journal

Thomas Wood, CEO of A&E Golf, Inc. (more commonly known as the Waterford Golf Course), has requested that the city extend sewer services to his property located at 620 Hwy 96 in Bonaire so he can redevelop the course into a subdivision.
Source: Houston Home Journal

The relocation of Gainesville’s fire station No. 2 is finally moving forward as city officials prepare to close next week on the purchase of a Cleveland Highway property for $525,000.
Source: Gainesville Times

Gainesville is joining Hall County, as well as a dozen other local governments across Georgia, in a lawsuit against the manufacturers and distributors of prescription painkillers that officials say have been complicit in fueling the national opioid abuse epidemic.
Source: Gainesville Times

Voters living within the proposed boundaries on Sharon Springs will get a chance to participate in a referendum to decide the issue May 22.
Source: NorthFulton.com

The cities of Braselton and Hoschton will hold joint council meetings at 6 p.m. March 22 in the Historic Braselton Gymnasium, 4825 Highway 53 in Braselton. The purpose of this meeting is to simultaneously consider requests for annexation and de-annexation of land to/from each municipality.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Canton is paying $2.5 million for the historic Canton High School building downtown and will move its city hall there, officials announced.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Powder Springs City Council agreed 5-0 March 19 to spend $111,677 to clean storm debris along city trails and in city parks, build an ADA ramp at City Hall, subscribe to computer services and stripe a road.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The owners of The Avenue shopping center in Peachtree City are asking the City Council to permit “open container zones” within the complex so patrons can consume alcohol outdoors.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Johns Creek City Council has amended its alcoholic beverage ordinance to make it possible for grocery stores and restaurants to sell growlers.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

When LaRon Bennett wrote in opposition to a penny sales tax in 2001, he probably had no idea he’d later be tasked with spending a portion of it.
Source: Brunswick News

The Powder Springs City Council has approved issuing a $4.2 million bond to pay for a park that would link the city’s downtown to the Silver Comet Trail. Mayor Al Thurman hopes the project will encourage businesses to open up in downtown Powder Springs.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

The Douglasville City Council is expected to vote on purchasing the old jail site downtown from the county at Monday's meeting.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

As part of the Great American Cleanup initiative, Riverdale will host its first-ever Keep Riverdale Beautiful City-Wide Community Cleanup.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson announced Monday morning that Shasta Glover, the chief deputy clerk of Superior Court will lead the Clerk of Superior Court Office until a permanent replacement is made for Ann Hardman, the Muscogee Superior Court Clerk who died in the early morning hours on Monday, March 19, 2018.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Grayson’s 2017-18 Teachers of the Year were honored Monday night by Mayor Allison Wilkerson and the City Council.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

The Midway City Council has voted to proceed with its new city hall complex after trimming more than $240,000 in costs. Mayor Levern Clancy Jr. said Midway has the money for the construction and no design changes have been made.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

Historic buildings like the old Ford Bakery and others in Richmond Hill gained a measure of protection from the wrecking ball when the Richmond Hill City Council took a step toward helping preserve the city’s history by voting unanimously to approve a motion to adopt a historic preservation ordinance during its March 13 meeting.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah’s Parking Services is going electric. For about a month, the officers who patrol downtown parking meters have been taking turns testing an all-electric 2015 Nissan Leaf. They liked it, even if some were a little reluctant at first to give it a try.
Source: Savannah Morning News

The city of Savannah’s costs of preparing for Vice President Mike Pence’s visit during the St. Patrick’s Day parade on Saturday amounted to $4,513, according to a press release issued Monday afternoon.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Action was delayed on a proposed 168-unit apartment complex off McEver Road near Oaks Miniature Golf by the Oakwood Planning Commission on Monday, March 19.
Source: Gainesville Times

The mayor of Savannah says he used Vice President Mike Pence’s weekend visit for St. Patrick’s Day to lobby for federal funding to deepen the city’s busy shipping channel. Mayor Eddie DeLoach told a news conference Sunday that Pence chose to attend Savannah’s parade Saturday because he was due for a trip to the South.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Residents cut logs, made rope, sharpened knives and ate hamburgers and hot dogs at the Third Annual Ole Times Day at the Dasher Museum Saturday.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

The 2018 Downtown Year in Review & Volunteer Recognition Reception was held Thursday at The Carnegie.
Source: Americus Times-Recorder

It’s over. Savannah’s 2018 St. Patrick’s Day festival has come to a close, Vice President Mike Pence is back in Washington D.C. and the city is in recovery mode.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Jones Pool is the oldest public pool in Augusta at nearly 70 years old. The city Recreation and Parks Department must keep it open for now as it renovates two nearby public outdoor pools but after that its fate is uncertain, although it is heavily used and people in the neighborhood want to keep it.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Dalton residents might one day be shopping at a smaller, more modern-looking Walnut Square Mall. The City Council voted 4-0 Monday night to approve a tax allocation district (TAD) redevelopment agreement with the owners of the mall, Augusta-based Hull Property Group.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Legislation headed for the governor’s desk prevents Georgia cities and counties from banning building with wood. That includes places that already have wood building bans in place, including Sandy Springs, which restricts its use in larger buildings.
Source: WABE

A variety of themes, ideas and designs for a proposed mural along the proposed LINC path were recently submitted by students from Mrs. Jodie Hobbs art class at Newnan High School.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Next month, the city of Newnan will host an outdoor film series as part of Georgia Cities Week. The annual event is sponsored by the Georgia Municipal Association and is designed to showcase and celebrate cities and the many services they provide.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Charles Wadsworth’s hands were uniquely created to draw beautiful, moving music out of a piano. Back before he became famous, however, those hands also wrung some chicken necks and plucked some feathers in an alley in downtown Newnan.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

After a decade of delays, construction has begun on hundreds of apartments and homes overlooking the Chattahoochee River in Smyrna with plans to deed a 12-acre park and boat launch to the city after completion.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Because of a budget surplus, the Smyrna Community Center will receive a new roof after 25 years. The Smyrna City Council voted March 19 to pay $1.2 million for the roof replacement.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Peachtree Corners was among 34 cities in Georgia recently recognized as one of the state’s “Tree City USA” communities for its commitment to caring for and managing its public trees.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Thanks to a Georgia Department of Transportation grant, Lilburn will build a multi-use path and pedestrian bridge on U.S. 29 from Killian Hill Road to Postal Way.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The third annual ArtAround Roswell Sculpture Tour, featuring 10 original works displayed throughout the city, will kick off with an opening celebration in April, the Roswell Arts Fund announced.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

An $84 million-plus makeover to some of the central business district’s main thoroughfares – including Broad Street – aims to make downtown’s unwelcoming gateways, uneven sidewalks and pedestrian-unfriendly streets a thing of the past – and, in the process, attempt to push downtown’s revival into a full-blown renaissance.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Shirts, beads and beer weren’t the only green in Augusta on Saturday afternoon as the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade kicked off celebrations throughout downtown.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

The Monroe City Council approved a plan last Tuesday to revive the K9 unit of the Monroe Police Department. The department will purchase two police dogs from an Alabama company for about $30,000. The purchase includes a 10-week training program in Alabama, where the two officers from Monroe will learn how to command the dogs.
Source: Walton Tribune

Though it will not be open for public use for a little while longer, select partners and neighboring officials recently received a progress update on the Helen to Hardman Heritage Trail linking Hardman Farm State Historic Site to Helen.
Source: Access North Georgia

Special elections are to be held Tuesday to fill a handful of local offices at the municipal level, including the mayor's office in Dawsonville and several seats on city and town councils.
Source: Access North Georgia

Does the mayor of Brookhaven have unilateral power to fire his appointees, or is City Council approval required? That’s a question the council is now debating as part of its charter review process after the city attorney raised the issue during a recent work session.
Source: Reporter Newspapers

A long-promised task force to spur redevelopment and propose affordable housing policy in Sandy Springs’ north end is set to be appointed at the March 20 City Council meeting.
Source: Reporter Newspapers

East Point’s own contribution to both African-American and women’s history now has a fire station named after her. The city broke ground on the Chief Rosemary Roberts Cloud Fire Station and Safety Training Facility on March 16 at 2222 Ben Hill Road, replacing a former building.
Source: Neighbor News

For the last time, the Valdosta City Council held its annual retreat last week at the Lenox River Ranch in Lenox.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Atlanta’s famous tree canopy is degrading, according to a study conducted for the city of Atlanta. The research, by Georgia Tech professor Tony Giarrusso, shows that while Atlanta’s tree canopy hasn’t shrunk, the quality of trees has gone down.
Source: WABE

Officials associated with a massive mixed-use development under construction in Fayette County on Friday broke ground on a wellness center that will be part of the project.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Alpharetta City Council has approved a consultant’s $640,115 proposal to prepare costing plans for proposed improvements to Old Milton Parkway.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

After attending the March 14 student walkout at Decatur High School, city Mayor Patti Garrett declared, “It was inspiring. I’m proud of the kids for drawing attention to something important.”
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Tifton City Council is expected to vote on the project plan for water, sewer and stormwater improvements at the Mar. 19 meeting, according to the agenda for the meeting.
Source: Tifton Gazette

The City of Thomson seeks to revitalize the Strawberry Hill neighborhood and passed a resolution March 8 authorizing leaders to apply for a $750,000 community development block grant for 2018.
Source: McDuffie Mirror

The Richmond Hill City Council is set to vote Tuesday night on approving the first annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade next year.
Source: Bryan County News

The tollbooth on the F.J. Torras Causeway closed on a September morning in 2003 with then-Glynn County Commissioners Jerome Clark and Cap Fendig tossing in the final 35-cent tolls the booth would see.
Source: Brunswick News

Powder Springs’ City Council is set to vote Monday on whether to spend $428,000 for professional design and engineering on a park that would link the city’s downtown to the Silver Comet Trail.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Several dozen local students will soon make their presence known in the north Gwinnett community after recently being named members of Suwanee’s 2018 Suwanee Youth Leaders (SYL) class.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Norcross leaders will host a public meeting Wednesday so the city’s residents can hear plans for redeveloping the former WestRock campus in the city.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

The Georgia Manufacturing Alliance took care of the proverbial two birds with one stone — or rather with one pair of scissors — this past week when it held a ribbon-cutting for its new office in Lawrenceville.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Breakfast, dancing and family fun were all had at the inaugural Irish Fest Norcross on Saturday.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Early rain wouldn’t stop thousands of people from descending upon the Suwanee Town Park Center for the eighth annual Suwanee American Craft Beer Fest on Saturday.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Ten years ago, on March 31, 2008, the Whitesburg community realized its dream of having a public library. The opening followed six years of fundraising, a commitment of $100,000 in SPLOST funds from the city, and the donation of the land from the Carroll County Board of Education.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

In 2016, Columbus Council approved plans for a $1 million project that would rehabilitate green space near the old Mott House historic site.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

With the Moultrie Police Department prepared to fill the top position of a city-county drug task force, the unit looks to be taking the shape of a true cooperative effort.
Source: Moultrie Observer

Sunset Elementary School’s Technology Club recently completed a community service project by visiting Fire Station 1 in Moultrie.
Source: Moultrie Observer

Last fall, more than 600 Thomasville residents from all parts of the community took part in blueprinting the future of Thomasville. Next week, the comprehensive planning process will continue when the draft plan is shared with the community.
Source: Thomasville Times-Enterprise

With one nay vote, Thomasville City Council approved Monday employing an interim general utilities superintendent.
Source: Thomasville Times-Enterprise

Thomasville City Council approved an expenditure of close to $1 million to upgrade utility billing.
Source: Thomasville Times-Enterprise

The council for the City of Homeland held its regularly scheduled meeting Thursday, March 8 at 7:00 p.m. During the meeting, the council heard an update on the Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant (LMIG) project to widen and resurface Bowery Lane.
Source: Charlton County Herald

The Jasper County Commissioners sat down with Shady Dale Mayor Larry Champion and Monticello Mayor Bryan Standifer along with Monticello Mayor Pro-Tem Stone Workman and City Councilman David Wease Monday to discuss service delivery strategy.
Source: Monticello News

Members of the Monticello City Council heard the first reading of an ordinance from Mayor Pro Tem Stone Workman, stating that the city will release code enforcement back to Jasper County and take the funds that were budgeted for that service, around $31,000 and distribute to the citizens back on their January utilities for any bill that was over $75.
Source: Monticello News

The Georgia Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) has donated five ballistic vests to the Waynesboro Police Department.
Source: Waynesboro True Citizen

On Tuesday, City of Moultrie Firefighters helped fulfill one man’s lifelong dream. PruittHealth-Sunrise resident Robert Clayton was able to live out his dream of becoming a firefighter.
Source: Moultrie Observer

The future of the city of Milledgeville looks bright, Mayor Mary Parham-Copelan told a large crowd of residents and city officials gathered at in city council chambers Tuesday night.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

The Hampton City Council voted against a zoning moratorium that would have halted new requests until the city’s updated zoning code is approved in August.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Participants in a pedestrian summit in Rome helped design a pop-up park on North Fifth Avenue Thursday to show Rome and Floyd County residents what a pedestrian-friendly design for the River District of downtown Rome might look like.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Residents are learning what those in law enforcement face in the line of duty — by going through a class that teaches them what it takes to be a police officer.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Villa Rica residents will get a chance on Monday to air their views on the reverse-angle parking along West Wilson Street when the city hosts a public meeting on the two-year experiment.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

The Moultrie Junior Women’s Club met with Mayor McIntosh to on March 1 to sign a proclamation declaring March Youth Art Month in Moultrie
Source: Moultrie Observer

Standing with a group of bicycling advocates on Thursday, Paula Kreissler of Healthy Savannah praised the planned Truman Linear Park Trail prior to the Savannah City Council approving a $499,700 design contract for the path that will link Daffin Park to Lake Mayer.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Economic developers are exploring ways to come up with $5 million to $8 million to bring rail service to the Augusta Corporate Park, one of Georgia’s largest industrial properties.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Employees of the University of Georgia and the Athens-Clarke County Unified government might soon pay higher healthcare fees if the Piedmont Healthcare network and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia can’t agree to terms in a new contract.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Winterville won’t be the first city in the United States to enact a “Tobacco Free Generation Ordinance.” The town’s city council voted down the ordinance 3-1 in its Tuesday meeting.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

“Maybe this plan will work. It’s certainly better than three lanes through Bishop,” Bishop Mayor Johnny Pritchett said Tuesday.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Spring is the time of new growth in northeast Georgia and the city of Gainesville is no exception. “We’re as busy as we’ve ever been,” Community Development Director Rusty Ligon told the Gainesville City Council during their work session Thursday morning.
Source: Access North Georgia

Gainesville Mayor Danny Dunagan announced this week that the U.S. Post Office on Green Street will relocate. Dunagan gave the word Tuesday evening in welcoming remarks to the 2018 Citizen's Government Academy, according to a post on the city Facebook page.
Source: Access North Georgia

A proposed Brookhaven Facilities Authority with the ability to issue revenue bonds to pay for the Peachtree Creek Greenway stirred considerable debate at Mayor John Ernst’s March 15 town hall with several residents questioning the need for the authority and some demanding they be allowed to vote on how to pay for the linear park.
Source: Reporter Newspapers

MBUSA is the North American branch of the German luxury automaker. Since 2015, it has been relocating from a former headquarters in New Jersey and was temporarily housed in a Dunwoody office building. The 200,000-square-foot new headquarters, built from scratch, will house about 1,000 employees in the executive, sales, marketing and customer service areas.
Source: Reporter Newspapers

Atlanta just got a lot closer to completing the BeltLine. The city reached a deal to buy the southern end of the loop, which has been a missing link between the paved Eastside and Westside trails.
Source: WABE

The Newnan City Council green-lighted the next step in the annexation process for 223 acres designated for a residential subdivision into the city.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

The Lilburn City Council recently awarded a contractor bid for up to $719,000. Gwinnett will contribute more than $500,000 to the project. This SPLOST-funded project replaces the deteriorating 988-foot wooden boardwalk with a long-lasting, low-maintenance, pre-cast concrete called PermaTrak.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Woodstock City Council has approved temporary alcohol licenses for a veterans’ benefit, the city’s Summer Concert Series and other events in the coming months at the Northside Hospital Cherokee Amphitheater on Arnold Mill Road downtown.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Smyrna City Council awarded five bids on March 5 for $1,265,130 in mainly Public Works improvements.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A new building will fill the empty lot at 67-87 North Park Square in downtown Marietta and will be known as Wise Owl Brewing. The Marietta City Council voted 5-0-2 March 14 to approve the change with two abstentions.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Decatur’s commission recently approved a project budget of $50,000 for Georgia Safe Sidewalks of Lawrenceville to repair sidewalks throughout the city.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

In a surprise move Decatur’s planning commission did not recommend a proposed development for 9.71 acres located within the wedge created by North Arcadia Drive and East Ponce de Leon Avenue. In recent weeks the project’s received favorable preliminary response from city commissioners, several school board members and surrounding residential neighborhoods.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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