County by county news for Sunday


Fairburn Road Bridge reopens after rebuilding

Atlanta's Department of Public Works has reopened the Fairburn Road Bridge over the CSX Railroad near North Camp Creek Parkway in southwest Atlanta. The bridge was closed in January and was replaced by the Georgia Department of Transportation. The bridge opening comes five months ahead of the projected year-end completion date. Jeremiah McWilliams


Whooping cough vaccine at centers

The U.S. may be headed for its worst year for whooping cough in more than 50 years, and Fulton residents can get vaccinated for the highly contagious respiratory illness at county heath centers. The pertussis vaccine is recommended for all children and adults. The shots wear off over time, and everyone age 11 and older should get a whooping cough booster, called Tdap.

Information: 404-612-1211, Johnny Edwards


Gwinnett candidate forum Wednesday

The Gwinnett County Republican Party will host a candidate forum at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville. Candidates for County Commission District 3, Superior Court and State Court have been invited to attend. The races will be decided in an Aug. 21 runoff election. Attendees can meet the candidates at 6:30 p.m. David Wickert


Parents invited to early dismissal plan forums

Clayton Public Schools has scheduled nine 90-minute public forums at 6 p.m. Tuesday at which the school community can learn about a plan to release students early every Wednesday. High school parents should to their child's school. Middle and elementary school parents should go to the high school their child will eventually attend. Edward Mitchell


Kennesaw State opens new student housing

University Place II, Kennesaw State University's student housing addition for upper-class students is set to open Thursday. The $26 million expansion features a complex of 451 bedrooms and marks the tenth year of the university offering on-campus housing.

The apartment style housing complex will also include a multipurpose room and indoor/outdoor Internet connectivity.

The opening ceremony, ribbon cutting and complex tours begin at 9:30 University Place Amphitheater, 3210 Campus Loop Road, Kennesaw.

Information: Janel Davis


Hinton joins Henry school board

Josh Hinton was sworn in Wednesday to fill the empty seat on the Henry County Board of Education, a week after winning the election for a four-year term that begins in January.

The District 2 seat became vacant in February when Brian Preston was appointed to the Henry County Board of Commissioners.

School board members opted not to appoint someone for the interim, choosing to wait for the outcome of the election. Hinton won the nonpartisan race July 31 against three opponents without the need for a runoff. Monroe Roark for the AJC