Social Circle is losing our highly respected Superintendent of Social Circle City Schools who plans to retire at the end of the current school year. Actually, Dr. Bettye Ray is not really leaving the city and she is not really retiring. She has other plans for the future which I was privileged to learn about from her. I have served with Dr. Ray on various volunteer projects over the years and have been extremely impressed with her knowledge, leadership and, most of all, her professional manner.
Around 800 personnel are participating in the Georgia Emergency Management Agency's statewide, biannual full scale hurricane exercise this week which simulates three plans for hurricane evacuation and re-entry.
The Walton County Boys and Girls Clubs are hosting a "Run for Kids" 5K and one-mile fun run May 26 at Felker Park in Monroe, 725 South Madison Avenue, to support programs and activities at the Stevens and Social Circle clubs.
During a budget work session on Tuesday, the Social Circle city council debated whether or not it should increase gas rates for customers for the first time in about 10 years.
I love a chapter from "The Prophet" where Prophet Kahlil Gibran speaks of religion: "Who can separate his faith from his actions, or his belief from his occupations? Who can spread his hours before him saying, 'This for God and this for myself; this is for my soul, and this other for my body?'" For me, this suggests that the way we live expresses our deepest faith. I thought about that in recognizing how important our churches have been in supporting our community. For example, at our recent city-wide cleanup, almost all of our churches showed up to help.
Social Circle council members agreed Tuesday to take the low bid for the continuing design phase of a sidewalk that would link the Blue Willow Inn and downtown.
The city had two proposals for the project, one for $44,500 from Urban Collage and one for more than $60,000 from Kimberly-Horne & Associates. All council members voted unanimously to continue working with Urban Collage (which had previously worked with the city).
The Social Circle City Council approved to temporary cut water and sewer fees in half to spur home construction.
A Social Circle plant was awarded by the EPA last week for its efforts in reducing energy consumption.
Social Circle resident Dana Baynes, 31, was shot and killed Sunday evening, while attending a party on Holly Street in Social Circle.
A Social Circle man was shot and killed while attending a party around 9:45 p.m. Sunday at 420 Holly St.
Social Circle City Schools superintendent Bettye Ray will retire at the end of June, ending a 31-year career as an educator and administrator. She delivered her intentions to the board of education at Thursday's meeting.
Our Social Circle Better Hometown Program Manager, Mike Miller, recently advised the BHTP Board of Directors that Zumafilmz, a film production company in Abilene, Texas, had selected our city as one of six small towns to be included in a film which portrays small town life in America.
Social Circle's remodeled Welcome Center had its official ribbon cutting Tuesday morning, eight months after a fire damaged the building.
A 23-year-old Social Circle man remains in the Walton County jail after being charged with molesting a juvenile female Sunday night.
On the MLK national holiday, my husband and I attended the annual birthday celebration at the Corinth Missionary Baptist Church here in Social Circle. You would need to have been there to witness the enthusiasm and energy expressed in this event. There was dancing, singing, skits and testimonials to honor the life and works of a truly remarkable man. And members of the congregation and guests felt free to express their praise and joy by singing and clapping or lifting their hands in worship of God. I'm sure that if Dr. King were looking down from the heavens, he ...