County by county news for Sunday


Sugar Hill promoting downtown development

Sugar Hill’s Downtown Development Authority hosts a networking night 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at city hall, 5039 West Broad St. The city has purchased several nearby properties and rezoned them to urge business development.

Information: 770-945-6716.

Michael Alpert for the AJC


Historical society plans 10th annual fundraiser

The Cherokee County Historical Society will hold its 10th annual Kentucky Derby Day at 3:30 p.m. May 4 at the Rock Barn, 658 Marietta Highway, Canton.

Tickets are $50 and include food, a bourbon tasting and a hat parade and contest.

Information: or 770-345-3288.

Mark Woolsey for the AJC


Streets to close for Taste of Marietta

Drivers will have to find alternate routes around the Marietta Square this weekend after streets close for the annual Taste of Marietta 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Roads will start closing downtown at 10 p.m. today and will reopen by 11 p.m. Sunday. Streets include Whitlock Avenue and Mill Street at the railroad tracks and sections of Church, Cherokee, Atlanta, Roswell, Lawrence and Powder Springs streets. Information: www.taste of

Tucker McQueen for the AJC


‘Barn Hall Meeting’ set for May 7 in McDonough

Henry County Commissioner Gary Barham, state Sen. Rick Jeffares, state Rep. Dale Rutledge and Henry County Board of Education member Mike Griffin will host a “Barn Hall Meeting” 6 p.m. May 7 at Southern Belle Farm, 1767 Turner Church Road, McDonough. Refreshments will be served along with an open discussion about state and local issues along with information about county government projects and initiatives, legislative updates and news about school system projects. Monroe Roark for the AJC


Family services board position open

Fayette County has a volunteer vacancy on its Board of Family and Children’s Services.

Members are appointed by the Board of Commissioners to five-year terms, and they help disadvantaged individuals and families progress toward independence. Applications due May 17. Information: or 770-305-5102 Jill Howard Church for the AJC


Three Clayton high schools best in U.S.

Three Clayton County high schools: Forest Park, Jonesboro and Lovejoy High earned bronze awards for high-performing schools based on state exam performance on U.S. News and World Report Magazine’s “Best High Schools in America” list.

Overall academic performance in reading and math, the number of economically disadvantaged students and college readiness were among the criteria used to determine schools’ placement on the list. Some 550 Georgia high schools were considered, only 88 were recognized as the best in the state, including the three in Clayton. U.S. News and World Report annual list ranks the nation’s high schools, colleges and graduate schools. This year, more than 21,000 schools were ranked across 49 states and the District of Columbia. Tammy Joyner