County by county news for Sunday


Mayor to hold meeting on pedestrian bridge

Marietta Mayor Steve Tumlin will hold a town hall meeting 6 -7 p.m. Monday at City Hall, 205 Lawrence St., to discuss a proposed pedestrian bridge on Church Street. Information: Tucker McQueen for the AJC

Powder Springs O.K.s bridge repair

The Powder Springs City Council voted to hire ACE Construction, Inc. for $213,737 to repair the bridge on Powder Springs-Dallas Road at Powder Springs Creek.

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


GDOL seeks to fill factory positions

A recruitment drive for job openings at a new manufacturing plant in Carrollton will take place 10 a.m. April 5 at West Georgia Tech College, 176 Murphy Campus Boulevard, Waco.

The Georgia Department of Labor is assisting automotive parts supplier Yachiyo Manufacturing of America to fill jobs at the plant, which is currently under construction. The plant will produce plastic fuel tanks and sunroofs.

Information: 770-836-6668. Kent A. Miles for the AJC


Judicial candidate withdraws from race

A Paulding County judicial candidate withdrew her candidacy Monday after trying to step into her father’s judgeship.

Elizabeth Osborne Williams was running unopposed but critics had lambasted her and her father, Superior Court Judge James Osborne, for appearing to rig the election so she would have no competition.

Judge Osborne had filed for re-election and was running unopposed since many lawyers won’t challenge an incumbent judge. He then withdrew shortly before the March 7 qualifying deadline and Williams filed as the sole candidate.

The commission overseeing judicial conduct agreed not to investigate Osborne and Williams for possible ethical violations if both withdrew, said Cartersville lawyer Lester Tate, vice-chair of the Georgia Judicial Qualifications Commission. Steve Visser


Lilburn mural wins international contest

The Lilburn Tunnel Bridge Mural in Old Town Lilburn won first place in the Murals and Banners category of the 2014 International Sign Contest conducted by Signs of the Times magazine, a trade publication for the signage and environmental-graphics markets. Completed in 2013, the life-like tunnel bridge scene at the corner of Railroad Avenue and Main Street has become a popular photo spot for visitors and residents.

Information: Karen Huppertz for the AJC


Southern Conservation Trust seeks comments

As part of its effort to gain national accreditation with the Land Trust Alliance, the Southern Conservation Trust is seeking public comments about its performance. Information pertaining to the SCT’s standards and operations can be submitted at or by June 1. Jill Howard Church for the AJC