County by county news for Sunday


Powder Springs police may take cars home

The Powder Springs City Council approved Monday a policy to allow some of the city’s police officers to take police vehicles home to extend the life of the newer vehicles.

Fourteen rule sections are included in the new law — any and all of which can be suspended or revoked by Police Chief Charlie Sewell for violations with no appeals or grievances that can be filed by the officers. Carolyn Cunningham for the AJC


Ceremony to open Buckhead Bridge

A ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the new pedestrian bridge at the MARTA station in Buckhead will take place at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the north entrance to the station, 3360 Peachtree Road NE.

At a cost of $32 million, the bridge will allow pedestrians safe access to businesses, shops and restaurants in the community. It includes a new entrance at the north end of the station, and an elevator and stair tower, sidewalk and bridge connection on the east side of Ga. 400. Information:

Kent A. Miles for the AJC


Peachtree Corners church to sell cars

A church at 4521 Buford Highway has been approved to operate a used car lot to help defer expenses. The Peachtree Corners City Council approved the special-use permit to allow for 70 cars on the front of the lot and 20 cars on the back. The permit specifies that no inoperable vehicles be left outside, including trailers and junk cars. Karen Huppertz for the AJC


Woodstock gives final budget approval

The Woodstock City Council gave final approval to its budget Monday. The roughly $34.1 million document calls for a rollback in the millage rate from 7.889 to 7.250, due to an anticipated increase in the tax digest, and hands employees a 2 percent pay raise. The budget also calls for a hike in water and sewer rates, with the monthly base rates for both water and sewer rising by $1. Mark Woolsey


Anti-Recidivism Court helps guide youth

The Anti-Recidivism Court, created by District Attorney Robert James in December 2011, requires participants between the ages of 17 and 25 to report for probation, perform community service, undergo random reporting, report to monthly compliance hearings, abide by curfews and electronic monitoring, and attend behavior modification classes.

James said the program provides life skills training and strict guidelines, giving those who complete the requirements a way to have their cases dismissed while making them less likely to commit crimes again. Mark Niesse

DeKalb students can get free software

Students in DeKalb County schools can download Microsoft Office 365 Pro Plus on up to five devices, including mobile devices, for free.

The Microsoft Student Advantage Program provides free access to Office 365 Pro Plus to students in school districts that purchase the appropriate license.

Visit and enter the student’s email and password.

Information: Emily Farlow