County by county news for Monday


Foundation to sell

Civil War-era house

A Civil War-era house, built in 1856, owned by the Cobb Preservation Foundation is for sale. The Cheney-Newcomer House served as the headquarters of Union Major General John M. Schofield, who commanded Ohio forces during the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain June 22-30, 1864. Information:,, or 770-605-4755. Carolyn Cunningham for the AJC


Canton hosts meeting on hiking trail project

Canton City Council member John Beresford holds an informal meeting next week to jumpstart development of a long-proposed 2-mile hiking trail between Boling and Heritage Parks. Beresford says council members, city officials and park and environmental activists have been invited. The public’s welcome as well.

The meeting is set for 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Canton City Hall library, 151 Elizabeth St., Canton. Mark Woolsey for the AJC


Help for moderate-, low-income taxpayers

The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System and AARP Tax-Aide are offering free help with 2012 tax returns. Trained volunteers will be at the Buckhead, Kirkwood and Mechanicsville branches during the tax season.

Information: Johnny Edwards

Health department raises permit fees

Fulton County’s Environmental Health Division will raise its permit fees charged to restaurants, businesses and property owners by 10 percent, starting April 1. The County Commission approved the hike, which is expected to bring in $250,000 in annual revenue to make up for increased costs of health services.

The fees affect more than 4,700 restaurants, 1,700 swimming pools and 220 tourist facilities in Fulton. It’s the county’s first increase since 2009.

Johnny Edwards


Community Hero nominations accepted

People and groups whose volunteerism makes an impact on life in DeKalb County can be nominated for Chief Executive Burrell Ellis’ Community Hero Awards.

Nominations are due by Thursday, and winners will be announced during a special ceremony on April 14 at the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center on Briarcliff Road.

The five winners, in categories such as youth and environmental change, will receive charitable contributions to help further their work.

Nomination forms are available at Information: 404-371-3695.

April Hunt


Police Precinct 5 holds Tuesday meeting

West Cobb residents are invited to attend the first quarterly meeting of Cobb Police Precinct 5 at 7 p.m. Tuesday at 4640 Dallas Highway, Powder Springs.

Lt. Tim Brooks, commander of VIPER (Violent Incident Prevention Early Response), will discuss his team’s mission to assist county residents.

Information: or Sgt. Craig Dong, 770-499-3900.

Carolyn Cunningham for the AJC