On the heels of the Newton County Board of Commissioners approving a rollback millage rate to offset a budget shortfall, Porterdale City Council members discussed increasing the town's millage rate in order to continue offering services at the present level.
The Friends of Porterdale held a special fundraiser for the reconstruction of the Porter Memorial Gymnasium Saturday night. The Roast of Betty Faith Jaynes filled the banquet room at Turner Lake to capacity and drew several celebrity roasters. Jaynes, who is originally from Porterdale, was the founding director and first chief executive officer of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Monica Pearson, anchor of WSB-TV's 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscast, served as the mistress of ceremonies. Roasters were long-time advocate for Newton County Recreation B.C. Crowell, winningest active varsity basketball coach Ron Bradley, former University ...
Ride to provide: The Porterdale Police Department held a motorcycle ride on Saturday to benefit the families of fallen police officers. Donations from the day's ride went to the family of Rockdale County Sheriff's Office Deputy Brian Lamar Mahaffey, who died on Saturday, May 8 when he was shot and killed while trying to serve a warrant. More than 100 motorcycles participated in the ride.
Space is still available to purchase a bed in the Newton County Community Garden in Porterdale which officially opened Saturday morning. With more than 1,500 plants donated by The Home Depot and Bonnie Farms and bed footage made from recycled carpets provided by Nyloboard, families began planting their gardens. For just $25 a year, a space can be purchased to plant in. Those interested who cannot afford the annual fee may apply in Porterdale's City Hall where scholarships are available. All that is grown in the garden that doesn't go to feed the family will be sold ...
Time for tea: (L-R) Porter Pals Linda Finger, Eula Jackson, Debra Jackson, Mattie Whitener, Daphene Kimball, Sally Jarrett and Bobbie Lev enjoy good company and a game of Bingo during lunch in Porterdale Thursday morning. Porterdale's new senior group will meet for fun and fellowship on the first and third Thursdays of the month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1 Cedar Street, Porterdale. For more information call Linda Finger at (678) 859-2496.
Because of budget constraints and newer building codes the Porterdale Gym renovation may have to include compromises differing from the original concept of a community gathering place previously approved by the Porterdale City Council.
Members of the Porterdale City Council met with Newton County Engineer Kevin Walter, County Commission Chairman Kathy Morgan, District 5 Commissioner Tim Fleming and representatives of engineering consulting company, LPA Group Incorporated, to see a first glimpse of the proposal for a signalized intersection at Ga. Highway 81 and Crowell Road.