Students Volunteer for Cemetery Preservation

Students from the Social Circle High School Math Club spent several hours Saturday morning at the Social Circle City Cemetery working on the headstones to help preserve them. The students were lead by Mr. Trantham, SCHS teacher and member of the Cemetery Committee, and assisted by City staff. The process started with wetting the headstones then spraying a chemical on the headstones that will kill the lichens and other growth that gets into the stones and cause them to break apart. After the chemical was sprayed, the stones were scrubbed to help remove the growth and then sprayed with water to rinse away the growth and dirt. The final step was to spray the chemical on the stones to help prevent further growth.

The students were able to complete about two rows of headstones Saturday morning.

Help the Library Grow

Our town is quickly outgrowing our library and they are working on plans to expand, but they need your help. A State Capital Outlay Grant is needed to complete funding for the project.

The expansion plans include adding space for more library materials, making the library more accessible, and renovating for technology use by patrons.

You can help by sending emails or letters of support to our representatives.

Georgia House Representative
Bruce Williamson
PO Box 430
Monroe GA 30655

Georgia Senator
Burt Jones
407 E Second Street
Jackson, GA  30233

South Walton Villas Apartments Accepting Applications

The South Walton Villas Apartments is currently accepting applications for available one and two bedroom units. Rent is based on income ranging from $425 to $605. Apartments have central heat and air, are cable ready, carpeted, energy efficient, handicap accessible and adaptable.

The apartment complex is federally funded and assisted by RD-USDA and is designed to provide housing for low-income families and individuals. Equal Housing Opportunity.

For more information please contact:

South Walton Villas
500 Spring Street
Social Circle, GA 30025
(770) 464-3581 or (678) 873-9539
TDD#: 1-800-255-0056

Office Hours:

Tuesday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Social Circle City Schools Receive AdvancED Accreditation

AdvancED, the largest community of education professionals in the world, is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that conducts rigorous, on-site external reviews of Pre-K-12 schools and school systems to ensure that all learners realize their full potential. With more than a hundred years of work in school accreditation, AdvancED’s goal isn’t to certify that schools are good enough, but to help schools improve.

The accreditation process includes collecting student performance data, creating a quality improvement plan, and demonstration of compliance with AdvancED, government and partnership requirements. An external review provides the school system with findings on Powerful Practices, Opportunities for Improvement, and Improvement Priorities.

The accreditation is valid for five years.

For a list of the Social Circle City Schools scores, please see their website:

Social Circle Ranked as 25th on list of 50 Safest Cities in Georgia

Social Circle was ranked by Safewise, a pioneer in unbiased home security reviews, as the 25th safest city in Georgia. Their 2017 report of The 50 Safest Cities in Georgia, released this week, uses FBI crime report statistics from 2015 and population data to calculate the number of violent crimes and property crimes per 1,000 residents. The ranking makes Social Circle the safest city in Walton County as the only other city in Walton County that appears on the list is Loganville, with a ranking of 32.

In 2016 Social Circle was ranked as the 36th safest city in Georgia.

25th Safest City in Georgia

Lane Closed on East Hightower Bridge

The bridge on East Hightower will have one lane open starting tomorrow (1/10) at 11:00 am. One lane will be closed during the day while workers repair the bridge.

Both lanes will be open during the evenings and night.

The work should be completed by Friday.

For more information contact Barry Parsons, Water Resources Director at 770- 464-2380.

Historic Photos Needed

Arcadia Publishing wants to do a book on Social Circle! We are seeking photographs and captions of Social Circle through the years. At least 200 photographs are needed, although more are welcome. We would like to include all aspects of the community, people, places, events, landmarks, and more. If you have pictures and information to contribute, or if you would like to assist in assembling this information, please let us know. All costs associated with publishing this book are covered by Arcadia Publishing and the book will be available at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and local stores. We anticipate approximately a one year effort to collect the images, prepare the captions, and publish the initial issue. Groups will be able to purchase the book at a discount to resell for fundraising. Help us capture the rich history of our Social Circle community.

For more information, please contact Jenny Watt, Community Marketing Specialist, at 770-464-1866.

Volunteer Firefighters Sought

Are you interested in helping your community?

The Social Circle Fire Department is looking for volunteer firefighters. The department offers free training, pay per call, and enrollment in Ga. Firefighters Pension Fund.

If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer firefighter there will be an organizational meeting on March 13, 2017, at 7 pm, at the Fire Station. Completed applications can be dropped off at the Fire Station or brought with you to the meeting.

To be eligible to be a volunteer firefighter you must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or equivalent, complete background check (no felonies within 10 years), and maintain a valid Ga. driver’s license.

For more information, contact Chief Ken Zaydel at 770-464-0621.

Roundabout Construction Update

Construction work on the roundabout at West Hightower and Alcova Rd has slowed down while the utilities are being relocated. Comcast and the City of Monroe have completed their moves. AT&T is in the process of moving all of their equipment and are currently ahead of schedule. At this time, we expect the roundabout to be complete by the end of April.

Social Circle Comprehensive Plan Coming Soon!

In the next few months, the City will be seeking public input on a Vision for the future of the City. With your input, the city will develop goals and a community work plan to support that vision. Look for more information on meetings, workshops, and other opportunities for you to share your opinions and suggestions on transportation, housing, economic development, infrastructure, community facilities, natural resources, parks and trails, historic preservation, and other topics of concern.

For more information contact Adele Schirmer, City Manager at 770-464-6901.