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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:

Coffee With a Cop

The Social Circle Police Department will be hosting a Coffee with a Cop each month to give citizens a chance to meet the officers of the Social Circle Police Department. There will be no formal agenda for the meetings, so drop in when you can to discuss concerns, ask questions and get to know your police officers.

The Coffee with a Cop for February will be held at Ford’s Restaurant from 7:00 am – 9:00 am Wednesday, February 1.

The Coffee with a Cop for March will be held March 8 at Butcher Block. Check back for times.

Two Trucks Filled with Donations Headed to South Georgia

"We are blown away by the generosity of the residents and businesses in Social Circle," Fire Chief Ken Zaydel said as he prepared to leave for south Georgia with the items that were donated over the last few days.

Members of the Social Circle Fire Department got to see first-hand the damage done by a record number of tornadoes across south Georgia as they assisted with emergency response. Their desire to do more prompted a request of the community for donations. Donations filled a truck and a trailer.

Several full-time and volunteer members of the Fire Department will drive a truck donated by Vend-A-Matic and the Fire Department's trailer to take the items to those who were affected by the tornadoes last weekend.

We thank the City for their generosity.

Hydrant Repair Will Mean Short Water Outage

Water will be off in Squirrel Woods and Branham Circle on January 26th starting at 10:00 am while City crews repair a leaking fire hydrant.  Water should be restored by no later than 1:00 pm.

If you experience cloudy water, let it run for a few minutes and it will clear up.

Fire Department Helping South Georgia Tornado Victims

The Social Circle Fire Department is accepting donations to help south Georgia and support the people affected by the tornadoes.
We are accepting donations in the form of water, food (canned and boxed items), toiletries, baby items (formula, bottles, diapers), batteries, flashlights, blankets, jackets, caps, inflatable mattresses, sleeping bags, clothes for all ages (new or like new condition).
Please bring your donations to the Fire Station through Friday January 27th.
Please call the Fire Department at 770-464-0621 or email for more information.

Reminder: Calls for Service

The Social Circle Police Department would like to remind you that calls for service are not dispatched through the Police Department’s main line. Walton County 911 is our dispatch provider. If you need an officer to respond to any emergency situation call 911 immediately.

For non-emergencies call Walton County Dispatch at 770-464-0310.

You are encouraged to call the police department’s main line (770-464-2366) during normal business hours for questions or concerns relating to police matters, obtaining copies of reports, and all other administrative matters etc.

Social Circle Vision 2040

The City is seeking input on a Vision for the future of the City.  Broad community input is needed and will be used to draft Goals, and a Work Plan which will be considered for adoption by the Mayor and City Council in June.  Social Circle is a place like no other, with its own history, character, and attributes.  The comments and observations and suggestions that emerge through these meetings, online surveys, and community conversations will inform and shape the future Vision of the City.  The Work Plan will define the steps and actions needed to guide future growth without losing the history and aspects of the City which are valued by the community and which set Social Circle apart from other Cities.

A series of meetings have been scheduled during January and February which focus on various topic areas, such as Quality of Life, Economic Development, Natural and Historic Resources, Downtown, Neighborhoods, Infrastructure.  Please look to visit the Social Circle Vision 2040 page for upcoming meetings and surveys.  Notes from prior meetings will be posted, as will drafts of the Vision, Goals, and Work Plan as they are developed.

Please feel free to email your comments to Vision2040@SocialCircleGA.Gov  If you have a group or organization that would like to host a meeting during February please email and we would be happy to work with you.

Curtis Hudson Named 2016 Employee of the Year

The City of Social Circle Employee of the Year is selected by the Department Heads as the employee who has exhibited the values of the City, the employee who has really gone above and beyond the call of duty in the prior year and has done so with a great attitude, with teamwork, with hard work, with caring and attention to detail, and by giving his best effort to the public we serve.

Some of the statements made by the Department heads who nominated Curtis for this recognition were as follows:

“Curtis does not see any job too big to handle. Curtis never complains, never gives up, and never leaves a job unfinished. When Curtis leaves the job site, it is always better than he found it. Curtis is well known and well-liked by the residents of Social Circle. They know when they call on Curtis, the job will get done correctly, professionally and expediently.”

“Curtis is an believably hard working individual who has been on the job with the City for over 42 years. He works well with everyone in any department, He is dedicated to the City and is an important part of our family. He is laid back and mellow but has a strong work ethic. He says all the time “I don’t go back” and this is because he does the job, whatever it may be, the right way to begin with.”

Curtis has many skills and is able to work in all sections of public works, the water system, sewer system, streets and drainage, gas system and property maintenance. He has even served as a volunteer fireman in years past.

Curtis was recognized at the Annual Employee Luncheon in December and at the January City Council Meeting.

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.