County by county news for Monday


Smyrna bans alcohol inparks, tables smoking

The Smyrna City Council this week approved a ban on alcohol in city parks, but tabled a proposed ban on smoking at parks and city facilities. The council will reconsider a smoking ban April 21.

The council in a 6-0 vote approved prohibiting alcoholic beverages in parks with the exception of closed functions and city sanctioned events downtown and at Taylor-Brawner Park.


Tucker McQueen for the AJC

Powder Springs approves resurfacing

The Powder Springs City Council voted last week to pay $296,805 to Baldwin Paving Co. for the resurfacing of Brownsville Road from Marietta Street to U.S. 278.

Funding will come from the special purpose local-option sales tax, or SPLOST.

Carolyn Cunningham for the AJC


‘Ask a Lawyer Day’ in Paulding County

The Paulding County Bar Association and the Georgia Legal Services Program are sponsoring an “Ask a Lawyer Day” at 9:30 a.m. March 28 at 240 Constitution Blvd.The free legal clinic offers advice on family, probate, consumer and landlord-tenant law. A health care navigator will also be present to assist with questions about the Affordable Care Act.


Kent A. Miles for the AJC


Norcross mayor leads reading fundraiser

Norcross Mayor Bucky Johnson has introduced a city-supported book club to boost literacy among students.Citizens should donate at least $5 to buy one book or help organize larger sponsorship packages. The program hopes to raise $25,000 before school releases in May. Information:

Karen Huppertz for the AJC


Benefit for Dunwoody Nature Center returns

Monarchs and Margaritas, the biggest yearly fund-raiser for the Dunwoody Nature Center, will be held March 29 at the South Terraces Atrium.

Tickets are $100 and include live entertainment and catered food and desserts.


April Hunt


Peachtree City has new website

Peachtree City Convention and Visitors Bureau has a new website. It is available in PC, tablet and mobile formats.

There’s an interactive map for planning and navigation. It highlights hotels, shopping, restaurants, parks and other attractions in and around the city, which turned 55 on March 9.

Information: Tammy Joyner


Johns Creek seeks sign law revisions comments

The city of Johns Creek Sign Task Force is seeking comments and suggestions from the public on how to improve the city’s sign ordinance.

The ordinance, enacted in 2007, covers acceptable and unacceptable signage, permitting ,fees and other areas.

Residents can comment at a meeting set for 6 p.m. March 26 at Johns Creek City Hall, 12000 Findley Road. Task force recommendations will be forwarded to the Johns Creek City Council for consideration.

Mark Woolsey for the AJC