News Line for Carrollton

'Crowning jewel': Downtown hotel construction scheduled
City workers were busy Thursday removing trees from the back parking lot of the Carrollton Cultural Arts Center, preparing for construction of a $14 million, 108-room downtown Courtyard by Marriott hotel and conference center.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Carrollton leases Stallings Building
The historic old Stallings Building, owned by the city of Carrollton, may have gotten a new lease on life, thanks to a new software company that plans to lease the building for office space.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Lawyer: Mansion in no imminent danger
The Maple Street Mansion is in no imminent danger of demolition as the new owner awaits examination next month by contractors on renovation costs, according to a Carrollton attorney involved in efforts to save the historic building.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Owner's agent: Mansion not dead yet
Rumors of the pending death of the Maple Street Mansion may have been a little exaggerated, to paraphrase from writer Mark Twain.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Carrollton's Maple Street Mansion may soon see wrecking ball
The historic 123-year-old Maple Street Mansion in Carrollton could be facing the wrecking ball any day now, according to city officials.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

GreenBelt leg to McIntosh Plaza completed
Another segment of the Carrollton GreenBelt, a 300-foot leg from Carrollton Junior High School to McIntosh Plaza, was completed this week.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Mayor puts plan to end city runoffs ‘on hold’
Carrollton Mayor Wayne Garner has “put on hold” his plans to end city runoff elections, saying Wednesday that the proposal now has low priority among other city business.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Carrollton seeks to end runoff elections in city
The city of Carrollton is seeking state legislation to end runoff elections in city contests by requiring only a plurality of votes for a victory.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Campaign urges residents to 'shop local'
The red signs can be seen taped up on the windows and doors in dozens of local stores. Their bold type offers potential customers a simple, straightforward mantra: "Keep Calm and Shop Local."
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

BOC, Carrollton approve SPLOST bonding
Carrollton and Carroll County officials on Thursday approved starting the bonding process to get $40 million of the SPLOST funds up front to be ready for any immediate needs.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Packaged alcohol sales can begin Sunday in Carrollton
Carrollton retail merchants can begin selling packaged alcoholic beverages this Sunday, thanks to a resolution unanimously passed Wednesday by the city council.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Incumbents: Election was a vote on Carrollton's record
Incumbent Carrollton City Councilmen Gerald Byrd and Mike Patterson feel their election Tuesday was an affirmation by voters of the current city government and its record of getting the job done.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Developer seeks to build fire tower on property
A developer will appear before the Carrollton City Council today with an unusual request — to build an 89-foot fire watch tower on his commercial property at 970 Hay’s Mill Road.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Voters approve SPLOST, Carrollton Sunday sales
The special purpose local option sales tax was approved Tuesday by a substantial 61 to 39 percent vote in countywide balloting, while Carrollton voters favored Sunday package alcohol sales by a similar 61 to 39 percent margin.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Voters to decide SPLOST, municipal races
Carroll County voters will cast ballots Tuesday in a number of mayoral and council elections, along with a decision on whether to extend the 1-cent SPLOST (special purpose local option sales tax).
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Cities, county paint 'broad strokes' in SPLOST plans
Carroll County voters will decide Nov. 5 if they want to continue the 1-cent special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) that was passed in 2008 and ends in March 2015.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian