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Winter Weather Update From Chief Oliver

City Hall is closed today. Court is cancelled as is the transit system. The City is operating with essential personnel only. Emergency services are available. The police department has been covered by calls for accidents, falls and slips all morning. Please stay in doors if possible so we can respond to emergencies.

If you have questions regarding the roads, please call the Police Department at 770-464-2366.

At this time there are no road closures but the roads are extremely dangerous. The stop sign is down at the by-pass and East Hightower. DOT has been notified. Be safe. Stay warm.

Winter Weather Delays City Hall Opening Today

Due to the wintery weather, City Hall will tentatively open at noon.

The buses will not be running this morning. We we will reassess the conditions at noon.

We will decide later this morning about whether or not to hold court this afternoon.

The Community meeting scheduled for this afternoon will be rescheduled. We will let you know as soon as we have a new date.

The roads are already slick, so if you do not have to be on the roads stay indoors.

Thanks and stay warm!

SCMS Students Gather Canned Goods to Support the Empty Stocking Fund

Communities In Schools partnered with the Empty Stocking Fund to assist families this holiday season with a can drive here at Social Circle Middle School. The school was able to collect over 765 cans in total. We had a grade-level and homeroom competition to see who could raise the most cans. 7th grade won the grade-level competition with 400 cans, and Ms. Casey’s 7th grade homeroom won the homeroom competition with 169 cans. The proceeds were able to go directly back into our community. Go SCMS!

City Seeks Input on Installation of New Playground at Burks Field Park

The City of Social Circle invites you to attend a community meeting to discuss the installation of a playground and future park in your neighborhood. We want to ensure your community and children have the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors by relaxing, playing, exercising, and enjoying your leisure time off from work or a hectic day. We will present several play-ground layouts for your viewing and a playground expert will be present to answer any questions you may have. We will use your input to finalize the purchase and installation of a playground at the Burks Field Park.
 
Please come out and enjoy a hot dog and drink, and express your opinion about the new playground.
Thank you!
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Burks Field Park
Vine Circle
 
We are very grateful to the Social Circle Kiwanis Club for their valuable support of this upcoming project.

January Citizen Poll

Social Circle Police Investigating Homicide

On January 7, 2018 at approximately 1:30am the Social Circle Police Department was dispatched to the 600 block of Meadows Ln Social Circle, Ga in reference to a fight.  Prior to our arrival, Walton County 911 advised that a male subject had been shot multiple times and left the location in a silver car.  Walton County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were flagged down by a silver car on Hwy 11 in the area of Lipscomb Rd.  Inside the car were three juveniles who stated their uncle, who was driving, had been shot multiple times.  The victim identified as 27 year old Jonathan Rajiv Gresham from Monroe was transported to Clearview Regional Hospital and later died from his injuries.  Social Circle Police Department has arrested 32 year old Keith Katrell Malcom from Monroe in connection with the homicide and he is being held at the Walton County Jail charged with aggravated assault, murder, four counts of cruelty to children, possession of a firearm during a commission of a crime, possession of firearm by a convicted felon and possession of schedule 1 drugs with intent to distribute.

Thus far, the investigation revealed that there was some type of verbal argument inside the residence during a get together between Jonathan Gresham and Keith Malcom.  The two men went outside and shots were fired.  As of now, it is unknown what the argument was about and this investigation is still on-going.  SCPD is being assisted by the GBI, Walton County Sheriff’s Crime Scene, Walton County DA’s Office and Walton County Coroner’s Office.

Teresa Duval Recognized as Employee Of the Year

Teresa Duval was recognized as the City of Social Circle’s Employee of the Year for 2017 by the heads of the various departments within the City. Teresa, who works in payroll and accounts payable, was instrumental in changing insurance providers and in moving to a new financial system while keeping up with her day-to-day job with a smile and her characteristic patience.

Update from Chief Oliver about the Break-ins in the Area

There have been several break-ins reported in Social Circle and also Newton and Walton Counties. The incidents occurred in Jubilee, Laurel Oaks and Windsong. There are a few leads including fingerprints and surveillance video. It’s believed they were driving a gray Dodge Ram or a white Dodge Charger.

The Social Circle Police Department have added additional patrols to increase coverage during the overnight hours after break-ins were reported in the surrounding area. The Social Circle Police Department is working with agencies in the surrounding area to find the suspects. We will post updates as we have more information.

We caution residents to remove all valuables and personal items from your car and keep your doors locked. If you see or hear anything suspicious please give us a call.

If your vehicle was broken into, please let us know.