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Photos from the Bicentennial Flag Ceremonies in Social Circle


2018 marks the 200th anniversary of the founding of Walton County. The year-long festivities will begin January 30 at the Historic Courthouse in Monroe, where the mayors of the cities of Between, Good Hope, Jersey, Loganville, Monroe, Social Circle, and Walnut Grove will present a new Walton County flag to Walton County Chairman Kevin Little and the Walton County Board of Commissioners. In the days leading up to the event, the flag will be flown in each of the cities in the county starting with Loganville on Tuesday, January 23.

On Saturday, the flag arrived from Jersey and was handed off to Council Members Keener and Price close to the Social Circle city limit on West Hightower Trail. The flag traveled by golf cart to the Fire Department Training Center on on the corner of Clegg Farm Road and West Hightower Trail where the flag was handed off to Council Member Jackson who arrived to the location by horse. Mayor Dally commented at the ceremonies at City Hall how these two modes of transportation, golf cart and horse, represented the past and present modes of transportation through town.

The SCHS JROTC lead the procession into town to City Hall where the flag was presented to Mayor Dally. Mayor Dally presented the flag to members of the American Legion 332. A member of the JROTC lowered the flag so the American Legion could attach the Bicentennial Flag and then raised it again.

Mayor Dally addressed those gathered for the event and then the SCHS Band played the National Anthem to close the ceremonies.

On Sunday, Mayor Dally welcomed those who were gathered. A member of the SCHS JROTC lowered the flag. The members of the American Legion removed the flag and attached it to a pole. The flag was presented to Mayor Dally. Those gathered boarded City buses or rode in their own vehicles down Holly Street to meet with the train provided by the Great Walton Railroad. Mayor Dally handed the flag to Council Member Shelton who attached the flag to the front of the train. There were two cabooses behind the engine to carry any passengers who wanted to make the ride to Pleasant Valley.

When the train arrived at Pleasant Valley, it was met by a tractor driven by to Kenneth and Cindy Little. The tractor carried the flag the final leg to Good Hope. Mayor Dally commented on how the train and tractor were two vehicles that helped to grow Social Circle.

The flag will leave Good Hope at 11:10 Tuesday and travel to the Monroe city limits. It will arrive at the Monroe Visitors Center/Museum at 11:25, then continue on to the Monroe Arts Center, Walton Tribune, Peyton Pettus, Side Street Boutique, and, finally, City Hall, where it will be presented to the Monroe Mayor, Council, and City Administrator at 11:40 a.m. The proclamation will be presented and the flag will be hung from a city utility truck. At 5:40 p.m. that evening, the JROTC will march the flag down Broad Street to the Historic Courthouse for the Bicentennial Celebration Kickoff.

Social Circle Welcomes New Bicentennial Flag in Two Ceremonies this Weekend

2018 marks the 200th anniversary of the founding of Walton County. The year-long festivities will begin January 30 at the Historic Courthouse in Monroe, where the mayors of the cities of Between, Good Hope, Jersey, Loganville, Monroe, Social Circle, and Walnut Grove will present a new Walton County flag to Walton County Chairman Kevin Little and the Walton County Board of Commissioners. In the days leading up to the event, the flag will be flown in each of the cities in the county starting with Loganville on Tuesday, January 23.

Social Circle will welcome the flag on Saturday, January 27 at 11:00 at a ceremony at City Hall as the flag is raised on the flag pole. The flag will travel from Jersey to Social Circle where it will fly until Sunday afternoon at which time there will be another ceremony as the flag is lowered in preparation for its trip to Good Hope by train.

Please join us for these historic events!

For more information on the Walton Bicentennial celebrations planned throughout the year, please visit:

http://www.walton200.com/ 

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.