County by county news for Monday


Paper Mill Road bridge to reopen Oct. 25

A $2.1 million bridge across Sope Creek on Paper Mill Road in east Cobb will open Oct. 25 after a ribbon cutting at 3:30 p.m. Drivers have had to detour for four months while a 43-year-old bridge was replaced.

The new bridge is wider and has sidewalks for pedestrians, including those using nearby National Park trails.

More than 8,000 drivers daily use the winding road between Terrell Mill and Johnson Ferry roads.

The project was funded by 2005 and 2011 SPLOST funds. Tucker McQueen for the AJC


College application fee being waived this week

Georgia Gwinnett College will waive its $20 application fee through Friday to encourage students to submit early applications because the requirement to provide high school transcripts and Compass/ACT/SAT scores, etc. add a lot of steps to the process. Complete applications online at Deadline for the fall 2014 semester is May 1.

GGC will hold an open house Oct. 19; registration is required.

Information: visit

Karen Huppertz for the AJC


Cherokee arts group plans fundraising gala

The Cherokee Arts Center presents its Harvesting The Arts Ball 7 p.m. Oct. 19 at the center, 94 North St., Canton. Proceeds will be used to bolster the center’s operating funds and for special facilities projects.

Information: info@cherokeearts. org or 770-704-6244. Mark Woolsey for the AJC


McDonough Job Fair set for Friday

The city of McDonough sponsors a job fair 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at McDonough Presbyterian Church, 427 McGarity Road.

Registration is not required and there is no cost to attend. The Atlanta Regional Commission’s Mobile Career Resource Center will also be on site, with 13 stations that will allow visitors to perform various activities such as online job searches, resume and cover letter development, and individual assessments and exploration of training eligibility and options. Information:

Monroe Roark for the AJC


Cumming-Forsyth holds Obamacare event

The Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Healthcare Summit on the Affordable Care Act from 7:30-9 a.m. Tuesday at the Forsyth Conference Center, 3410 Ronald Reagan Blvd., Cumming.

Karen Minyard of the Georgia Health Policy Center at Georgia State will discuss the law’s impact and costs.

Cost: $15 members, $30 non-members.

Information: Mark Woolsey for the AJC


Vote clears way for DeKalb union

The DeKalb County Commission has approved a change to a local law that lays out how worker representatives can bring concerns directly to human resources instead of department heads.

The change clears the way for Teamsters Local 728 to represent the county’s 450 trash haulers and drivers.

The change does not allow collective bargaining or strikes. April Hunt