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Thu
10
Aug

Coucil considers closing cop shop

City Councilman Vince Lewis told the mayor and council at Monday night’s meeting that he believes the city could save $900,000 per year by eliminating the city police department.

Mark Engel

engel@lakeoconeenews.us

 

Greensboro city councilman Vince Lewis dropped a budget bombshell at Monday night’s regular council meeting.

 

He wants to eliminate the Greensboro Police Department (GPD) and have the Greene County Sheriff’s Department take on the responsibility for patrolling inside the city limits.

 

Thu
10
Aug

Madison City Council sets millage rate

Katherine Klimt

katherine@lakeoconeenews.us

 

In a called meeting on the evening of Thursday, Aug. 3, the city council held public hearings for and ultimately unanimously approved the proposed 2018 millage rates for the city of Madison and the special tax districts of downtown and the corridor (interstate), respectively. As with the county millage rates that were recently approved by the commission, the taxes are consistent with the 2017 budget and were uncontroversial, provoking no comments from the public.

 

Thu
10
Aug

Public zeroes in on school needs

At three community engagement sessions this month, small groups answered questions about the Greene County School System’s strengths, weaknesses and challenges.

 

Mark Engel

engel@lakeoconeenews.us

 

More small groups, more ideas and more sheets of paper on the walls. The third and final community input meeting for the 2017 Greene County schools strategic plan was held Tuesday night at Carson Middle School.

 

Thu
03
Aug

UPSA supporters want another chance State says “matter is closed.”

 

Mark Engel

engel@lakeoconeenews.us

 

“Our leadership, that we have right now, is incredible.”

 

Thu
03
Aug

Joyce announced bid for Madison City Council

 

 

Eric Joyce has announced his intention to run for the District 2 seat on the Madison City Council this November. The District 2 seat is currently occupied by Bobby Crawford.

An 11-year resident of Madison, Joyce has been active in municipal civic affairs, currently serving his fourth year as a member of the Historic Preservation Commission. He also currently serves on Madison's 2016/17 Comprehensive Plan Committee, and is a member of the Morgan County Conservancy, and the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation and the Morgan/Madison Cultural Center.

Thu
03
Aug

Joyce announced bid for Madison City Council

 

 

Eric Joyce has announced his intention to run for the District 2 seat on the Madison City Council this November. The District 2 seat is currently occupied by Bobby Crawford.

An 11-year resident of Madison, Joyce has been active in municipal civic affairs, currently serving his fourth year as a member of the Historic Preservation Commission. He also currently serves on Madison's 2016/17 Comprehensive Plan Committee, and is a member of the Morgan County Conservancy, and the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation and the Morgan/Madison Cultural Center.

Thu
03
Aug

Drug trafficking arrests

Derreon Zykeam Price

Saketha Monique Price

 

 

The Greene County Sheriff’s Office made two drug trafficking arrests last Friday afternoon on I-20 near milepost 138.

 

Derreon Zykeam Price, 18, was arrested and charged with trafficking methamphetamine, trafficking heroine, possession of ecstacy, possession of marijuana (less than one ounce) and possession of a controlled substance: Xanax.

 

Saketha Monique Price, 40, also of 3017 Gibson Circle, Augusta was arrested and charged with trafficking methamphetamine, trafficking heroine, possession of ecstacy and possession of a controlled substance: Xanax.

The case is still under investigation.

 

Fri
28
Jul

Mark Engel

engel@lakeoconeenews.us

 

Earlier this year, 91 students at Greene County High School (GCHS) took the American Literature test as part of the Georgia Milestones “End-of-Course Assessment.”

 

The results are in and the percentage of students who passed the test was more than three times the percentage that passed last year. Great News!

 

The Milestones are given to students in grades 3 through high school. Grades 3, 5 and 8 are the most critical because children who score in the lowest level can be held back from moving up to the next grade.

 

Fri
28
Jul

Crowd of 1 attends budget hearing

Greene County Schools Chief Financial Officer DEan Ware explains the proposed 2018 school budget at a public hearing on Tuesday. The second public hearing will be August 3 at 5 p.m.

 

Mark Engel

engel@lakeoconeenews.us

 

What if they held a public hearing on the $36 million 2017-2018 operating budget for the Greene County School System, and no one came?

 

Well, they held it Tuesday morning and one citizen joined one journalist in the audience. At times, there were three school officials there, including GCSS Chief Financial Officer Dean Ware who gave the presentation.

 

Ware said there will be 1,540 students attending the Greene County school district when school starts Aug. 7. That includes Union Point STEAM Academy (UPSA) but not Lake Oconee Academy (LOA). LOA says it will educate 890 students this year.

 

The district schools will have 296 employees, including 128 instructors and teacher’s salaries are the largest item in the proposed budget at $12,292,015.

 

Fri
28
Jul

Greene County Commission Street? No way!

 

Mark Engel

engel@lakeoconeenews.us

 

If you ever had visions of driving down a Greene County Road that has been named after you, forget it. And so much for the bridge I cross over every day being called The Mark Engel Bridge.

 

The Greene County Board of Commissioners last week created a policy on naming buildings, bridges, roads and lands after individuals or groups. It’s simple, the answer will be “no.”

 

The feeling is that “buildings or lands should be named after their purpose or function.”

 

Naming a bridge after any person or group “serves no logistical purpose. Designation for bridges is generally limited to the creek, stream, river, or other waterway the structure crosses.”

 

Apparently like the “Bridge Over Troubled Waters.”

 

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