County by county news for Wednesday


Austell board elects 2014 leaders

The Austell Planning and Zoning Commission voted Tuesday for Bill Foster to serve another one-year term as chairman and for Diane Evans as vice-chairman.

Other members are Don Foster, Julie Lemaster, Sara Parker and Curtis Stanfield.

One vacancy remains due to the resignation of Ollie Clemons upon his election as an Austell City Council member, who will take office on Jan. 6.

Carolyn Cunningham for the AJC


Briarcliff would be financially feasible city

A city of Briarcliff could provide services for 90,000 residents in DeKalb County without a tax hike, according to a new University of Georgia study.

The would-be city would generate about $54.4 million in revenue and need about $37 million to pay for parks, police and public works services.

Those projections include revenue from the Northlake Mall area, which is hotly disputed by two other proposed cities, Lakeside and Briarcliff.

The borders will need to be defined before state lawmakers move on proposals to allow incorporation votes. April Hunt


Library system hires new director

The Gwinnett County Public Library board has appointed Charles Pace as the county’s new library director. Pace will receive a $125,000 annual salary, replacing Nancy Stanbery-Kellam who was removed from the position in June. Pace is expected to bring experience raising funds and building new branches to Gwinnett.

Karen Huppertz for the AJC


Alpharetta seeks five street names

Alpharetta city officials want the public’s help naming five downtown streets that are part of the developing City Center project. Names should reflect the history, character or essence of downtown or the community as a whole. Streets can’t be named for the living.

For a depiction of the streets and to submit suggestions:

The 22-acre, multi-use project is set for completion in the summer of 2014. Mark Woolsey for the AJC


Blood drive Dec. 27 at Piedmont Henry

Piedmont Henry Hospital and the American Red Cross will hold a blood drive 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday in the Foundation Education Center.

To give blood, a donor must be: in good health; age 17 years or older; weigh at least 110 pounds; not have donated blood within the last 56 days; and, show a valid photo ID. It is recommended donors eat a snack or meal within two hours before donating blood.

To schedule an appointment, go to, click on “Enter a Sponsor Code” located in the left center of the page and enter sponsor code: piedhenry. Monroe Roark for the Ajc


Fayette seeks ‘visioning’ input

A group of citizens and business leaders is asking individuals who live and/or work in Fayette County to offer input about the area’s future.

The Fayette Visioning Initiative Steering Committee has posted a survey at through Dec. 31.


Jill Howard Church for the AJC