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Aimee A. Jones

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Drag strip supporters, critics form groups

Two competing citizens' groups have been established for proponents and opponents of a proposed drag strip in Social Circle.

Social Circle group mobilizes to oppose drag strip

SOCIAL CIRCLE -- It may be a few months until a decision on a proposed drag strip is made, but in the interim a group of Social Circle residents is mobilizing to form an organized opposition to the plans.

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A loud debate: Drag strip decision deferred until next year

A decision on a proposed drag strip in Social Circle will not be made until after the first of the year. The Social Circle City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to defer the rezoning request by property owner Donnie Clack back to the Social Circle Planning and Zoning Commission for further consideration on the special conditions to be placed on the 120 acres where he seeks to construct a drag strip.

Residents riled over drag strip

SOCIAL CIRCLE -- Residents along U.S. Highway 278 in Walton and Newton counties are urging the Social Circle City Council to weigh the opinions of nearby property owners before approving a proposal that would bring a drag strip to the area.

Area fitness centers feel economic pinch

COVINGTON -- Area fitness clubs are seeing their membership rolls increase in the wake of the sudden closing of the Covington Athletic Club and Fitness Center, but managers of those clubs are not relishing the circumstances.

Social Circle considers drag strip complex

SOCIAL CIRCLE -- Newton and Walton county residents will have an opportunity to weigh in on a proposed drag strip that could be built on more than 100 acres near U.S. Highway 278 and Interstate 20.

Social Circle to review water bill policy

The Social Circle City Council is considering amending its policies governing when it will shut off water to residents who have not paid their bills. The council agreed during its monthly meeting Nov. 17 to review its policy after city resident Svetlana Lewis complained her water service was cut off even though she paid her past-due bill earlier that day.

Social Circle mulls joining 'One Walton'

SOCIAL CIRCLE -- The Social Circle City Council is considering contributing $5,000 to participate in a county-wide marketing campaign.

Mayor, Social Circle council apologize to woman for arrest

SOCIAL CIRCLE -- Mayor James Burgess along with the entire City Council apologized this week to a woman who was arrested by a Social Circle police officer for using profanity.

Social Circle says no to tax increase City Council votes down millage increase

SOCIAL CIRCLE - Social Circle residents will not see their property taxes increase this year. During a meeting of the Social Circle City Council on Tuesday, council members voted unanimously to adopt a millage rate without a proposed 1-mill increase.

Social Circle police chief resigns; 1 officer fired

SOCIAL CIRCLE - Social Circle Police Chief Steve Shelton resigned this week in the wake of the termination of one officer and an investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Social Circle defers possible tax hike

SOCIAL CIRCLE - The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to defer until next month making a decision about a possible tax increase.

Shooting erupts at Fourth party Seven people injured during melee

CONYERS - Seven people were shot Saturday morning after a Fourth of July party turned violent.

RCSO creates position Deputy Michael Camp named crime analyst

CONYERS - What areas experience the highest number of auto thefts? What time of day do most burglaries occur? Does the same suspect's description appear in different crime reports?

Principal named to state board Local educator to oversee early learning programs

CONYERS - Carolyn Ormsby, principal of Honey Creek Elementary School, has been appointed by Gov. Sonny Perdue to sit on the state board that oversees Head Start, prekindergarten and other early learning programs.

Three die in wreck Victims were identified as Salem High School students

COVINGTON - Three Salem High School students were killed Friday in a single-vehicle wreck on Ga. Highway 20 in Henry County, according to Henry County officials.

Police shooting case handed over to DA

CONYERS - The case involving the shooting death of a 22-year-old man by a Rockdale County Sheriff's Office deputy has been turned over to the District Attorney's Office.