Cities In The News


Qualifying for municipal elections continues; contested races in Winder, Statham so far

August 22, 2019

Barrow News-Journal

Qualifying for the November municipal elections in Barrow County runs through Friday in Winder, Auburn and Bethlehem and Thursday in Statham and Carl, and contested races have already formed in Winder and Statham.

Auburn City Council to vote on ordinance regulating mini-cell towers

August 22, 2019

Barrow News-Journal

Under the draft ordinance, the application fee for companies would be $100 to place a “small cell” on an existing pole, $250 for a replacement pole and $1,000 for a new pole.

Auburn council approves water study

August 8, 2019

Barrow News-Journal

The state environmental protection division requested the study because Auburn is building a new treatment plant. However, Auburn does not have raw water in its storage pond so it will use Winder’s water, which the state said is appropriate.

Qualifying dates for municipal elections approaching

July 25, 2019

MainStreet News

Qualifying for the municipal elections in Auburn, Bethlehem, Carl, Statham and Winder will be held the week of Aug. 19 through the Barrow County elections office. Election day is Nov. 5, and polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Any necessary run-offs would be held Dec. 3.

Auburn council approves roof replacement for Hue Graphics

June 28, 2019

Barrow News-Journal

The new roof isn’t part of the city’s budget. The city’s downtown development authority, which collects the rent, will cover a portion of the cost, and the rest will be paid out of Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) proceeds.

Police chief: Auburn saw reduction in crime through 2018 initiative

June 13, 2019


During the council’s monthly business meeting, Hodge presented the council with the results of the department’s 2018 Safe City Initiative, a four-phase program aimed at reducing crime and fostering positive relationships between police and the community.

Auburn approves Perry Rainey Center contracts

May 9, 2019

Barrow News-Journal

The council approved a contract to lease the top floor of the building to La Bell Weddings, operated by Tonya Solia and Jennifer Patton, for $1,250 per event.

Auburn council approves new name, rates for center

April 11, 2019

Barrow News-Journal

The renovated building will now be known as the Perry Rainey Center, a nod to the Perry Rainey Institute college it originally housed.

Auburn to consider center rental fees

March 28, 2019

Barrow News-Journal

Auburn City Council will consider a schedule of fees for the new Auburn Center, 16 College St., at its April 4 meeting. The available rent options will be the main board room, third-floor banquet hall or entire facility.