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Social Circle Census Committee Needs You!

Complete Count Committees US CensusThe Social Circle Complete Count Committee for the 2020 Census needs you! The first meeting will be July 12, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at the City Hall Conference Room. This meeting will feature a workshop about the program presented by our census representative. We need people from all over the community to serve on the committee. If you would like to be a part of this important program, please contact Barbara Schlageter, bschlageter@socialcirclega.com, 770-464-6905.

Why is this important?

Every 10 years, we count every resident in the United States. The census counts our population and households which provides the basis for distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to support states, counties and communities’ vital programs — impacting housing, education, transportation, employment, health care and public policy. Social Circle will receive $2300 a year for 10 years for each person in our City who is counted during the census.

The 2020 Census provides an opportunity for everyone to be counted. Community involvement plays a key role in developing partners to educate and motivate residents to participate in the 2020 Census. By participating on the Complete Count Committees (CCC) program you can help create awareness in your community.

You can play an important role in the 2020 Census:

  • Utilize your local knowledge, influence, and resources to educate our citizens and promote the census through locally based, targeted outreach efforts.
  • Coordinate cooperative efforts between our community and the Census Bureau.
  • Help the Census Bureau get a complete count in 2020 through partnerships with local governments and community organizations.

WHO?

Tribal, state, and local governments work together with partners to form CCCs to promote and encourage response to the 2020 Census in their communities. Community-based organizations also establish CCCs that reach out to their constituents.

WHAT?

A CCC is comprised of a broad spectrum of government and community leaders from education, business, healthcare, and other community organizations. These trusted voices develop and implement a 2020 Census awareness campaign based upon their knowledge of the local community to encourage a response.

WHEN?

The formation of CCCs is happening NOW! Leaders are identifying budget resources and establishing local work
plans. In 2020, they will implement the plans and lead their communities to a successful census count.

WHY?

The primary goal of the 2020 Census is to count everyone once, only once, and in the right place.

Community influencers create localized messaging that resonates with the population in their area. They are trusted
voices and are best suited to mobilize community resources in an efficient manner.

HOW?

It’s up to all of us! CCCs know the best way to reach the community and raise awareness. Some activities could include:

  • Holding CCC kickoff meetings with media briefings.
  • Participating in Census rallies or parades.
  • Coordinating Census unity youth forums.
  • Hosting Interfaith breakfasts and weekend events.
  • Encouraging the use of Statistics in Schools classroom resources.
  • Incorporating census information in newsletters, social media posts, podcasts, mailings, and websites.
  • Helping recruit census workers when jobs become available.

Larry Gene Knox Honored as Grand Marshall in Independence Celebration Parade

The Independence Celebration committee has chosen to honor the life of Larry Gene Knox, who passed away on April 11, 2019, by naming him as Honorary Grand Marshall of this year’s Independence Celebration parade, taking place at 10:00 am on Saturday, June 29. Jeannette Knox, the wife of Mr. Know, will ride in the parade in his memory.

“We chose to honor Mr. Knox this year because he was a

veteran and a dedicated member of our community,” says Amber McKibben, interim Downtown Director. “The discipline and patriotism he learned during his military career was a big part of who he was and how he served our community.”

Mr. Knox was born in Walton County on March 19, 1948. He was raised and attended school in Social Circle. He and Ms. Jeanette married on June 28, 1987 and would be celebrating 32 years of marriage this year. Mr Knox served as deacon at Mars Hill Baptist Church for many years. Mr. Knox served six  years in the United States Army and 23 ½ years in the National Guard. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, where he earned several medals including the National Defense Service Medal Infantryman Badge, Vietnam Service Medal, two bronze service stars, the Vietnam Campaign medal, 60 device Army commendation medals and two Oak Leaf Clusters. He was involved in many activities in the community including the Lions Club, Social Circle Senior Citizen Club and the local F.I.S.H food service ministry. He was a mentor to many in Social Circle. He is remembered as a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend.

The Parade will start at 10 am and will go from the field behind the high school, up Memorial Drive to S Cherokee Rd, through town to the red light, down W Hightower Trail and back to the high school.

Activities at Stephen’s Park will begin at 5:00 pm. We have six food vendors this year including Chick-Fil-A, pizza, BBQ, hot dogs, hamburgers, and shaved ice. We will have vendors on the field selling retail items, home goods and more. Local businesses will have some games, face painting and giveaways for the kids. Wristbands will be available for $10 for inflatables and water slides.  Concerts begin at 5:30 with a local church choir. The Army National Guard band will perform next.  The big show this year will be local favorites Chris, Jon and Scott. Fireworks will start at 9:45 pm.

We encourage everyone to come downtown at 10 for the parade, then bring your blankets and chairs to Stephen’s Park at 5:00 to join us for music, food, fun and fireworks!

Possible Social Security and Medicare Fraud Alert

If someone approaches you offering a free DNA test that would reveal your propensity for cancer, call 911. 

Police departments in the area are receiving reports of people are dressing up as medical professionals or representatives of the Social Security Administration and knocking on doors offering free cancer screening. They are requesting driver’s license information, telephone numbers, social security numbers, Medicare numbers, and email addresses.

During June 7 and 8 subjects were in the area of Walton Court posing as representatives of the Social Security Administration. The subjects were asking to swab unsuspecting victims to obtain DNA for cancer screening. One suspect is described as a white male approximately 25-35 years of age wearing eyeglasses. The second suspect has been described as a white male approximately 40-45 years of age also wearing eyeglasses.

Similar incidents have occurred in Covington and it is believed these subjects are attempting to obtain the information to commit Medicare fraud.

Please be cautious about giving out your personal information. Medicare recipients are also encouraged to report concerns about suspicious activity involving their account to its toll-free number, 800-MEDICARE (800-633-4227).

Fire Hydrant Testing Next Week

As a part of the final steps of the water system upgrades along Cherokee Road and Hightower Trail, the Fire Department will be testing the new fire hydrants that were installed. They will test the first part of the week, June 10-12. This may cause cloudy water in the area. If you do have cloudy water, allow the water to run for a while and it will clear up.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Barry Parsons, Public Works Director, bparsons@socialcirclega.com, 770-464-6912.

Friday Night Basketball at Burks Park

[UPDATE 6/6/2019] Due to the rain predicted for this weekend, the Friday Night Basketball for June has been rescheduled for June 28.

Join us the first Friday of each month this summer, starting June 7, at Burks Park for a night of basketball. The lights will be on 7 -11 pm and adults will be on hand to coach and encourage the youth. Refreshments will be provided.

Water Quality Test Not City Sponsored

An example of water sample kit that have been left at houses around town.

An example of water sample kit that have been left at houses around town.

Many residents have reported receiving a bottle and flyer asking for a water sample for a complimentary water quality test. Please be advised this is a private commercial advertisement – not City sponsored nor City recommended.

Official water tests can be conducted by City of Social Circle licensed water personnel or State of Georgia Environmental Protection Division only. A citizen can hire anyone they wish to test that citizen’s water at their expense.

The City water is tested regularly and fully compliant with Clean Drinking Water regulations.  Citizens may obtain information about our drinking water from the CCR.

2017 Water Quality Report

For further information about your drinking water feel free to contact Public Works Director, Barry Parsons at bparsons@socialcirclega.com or 770-464-6912 or the Georgia EPD at 1-888-373-5947 toll-free in Georgia
404-657-5947 in the Atlanta area or askepd@gaepd.org.

Water System Upgrade Update

Men WorkingOn Monday, June 3 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm crews will be connecting the new water lines to the existing water lines at Dogwood Drive and E Hightower Trail. Water will be off along Dogwood Drive from Holly Street, to Sycamore Street and along Holly Street and E Hightower Trail.

When the water is turned back on, it may be cloudy. It should clear up after you run it for a while.

Help Us Watch out for Snakes!

A snake skin spotted near a water meter when our meter reader was taking readings recently.

A snake skin spotted near a water meter when our meter reader was taking readings recently.

The weather has gotten warm and the snakes are out and about. The recent warm winter means more snakes, which may be hiding in bushes, pine straw or tall grass around your home and waiting for unsuspecting people, like our utility staff.

To decrease the chance of snake unexpected snake encounters, please keep the bushes and grass trimmed around the gas and water meters on your property and keep pine straw away from water meters. This makes it easier to get an accurate reading while avoiding the possibility of being surprised by a snake.

Water System Improvements Update

Men WorkingA bit of good news: The water system upgrades are almost completed! There are just a few more things to take care of.

Friday, May 24 – Crews will be tying in the water lines on N Forrest Ave starting about 9:00 am. The water should be off on N Forrest for about two hours. After the water is restored, there could be cloudy water. Let the water run for a while to clear it up.

Tuesday, May 28 – Crews will be tying in the water lines on E Hightower Tr at the bridge starting about 9:00 am. The water should be off for about four hours in the area between Oak Dr and E Hightower Trail and along Sycamore Ave. After the water is restored, there could be cloudy water. Let the water run for a while to clear it up.

Once the tie-ins are complete, the roads that have been torn up by the construction will be repaired. Please plan for extra time when you are traveling in the area to allow for lane closures. Also use caution for your safety and the safety of the workers.

The entire water system upgrade project should be completed by the end of the week.