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Social Circle City Schools returned to digital learning this week after an increase in COVID-19 cases left the school system struggling to meet needs of students in a face-to-face learning situation.

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Local schools, hospitals and more were adapting this week as COVID-19 continued to spread through Georgia.

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Changes are coming to Zone 5, but Social Circle City Schools Superintendent Robbie Hooker assured parents children there would continue to enjoy access to the city school system in the year to come.

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A Social Circle man threatened to infect people in a bank with COVID-19 in a botched holdup last month, the sheriff in Clayton County said.

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Transportation and federal dollars top the agenda for this week’s Social Circle City Council meeting.

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A national transportation research group has rated six Newton County bridges among the 20 most deficient in northeast Georgia based on condition and usage.

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The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is awaiting the doctor’s report after an autopsy of a man who was found dead in Social Circle last weekend.

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The Social Circle City Council split on racial lines in an attempt to rename a bridge in honor of a local civil rights worker.

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Walton County attorney Jeffrey L. “Jeff” Foster was elected to the Superior Court bench in a runoff Tuesday.

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A Morgan County sheriff’s deputy responded to a call regarding a missing teen and found two juvenile girls and a 22-year-old man hiding on the outskirts of the Rutledge town park.

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Three people accused of murder in Social Circle will get their first appearance in court this week.

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 One person was flown to Atlanta after crews from multiple agencies responded Thursday morning to an explosion at a plant in Social Circle.

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Road projects around Walton County are on the agenda — if voters approve a 1 cent-per-dollar sales tax in the fall.

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The judge saw a “very troubled young man” in the 16-year-old who killed two men and stole the dirt bike he lured them to Walton County to sell.

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Charlie Akin in Social Circle and Mary Lynn Hall in Walnut Grove won special elections for City Council seats.

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State troopers said a crash in Monroe involved a truck that had been stolen minutes earlier at a gas station in Social Circle.

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An Athens man was charged with murder in connection with the shooting deaths of two people found on a roadway last month.

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The lawyer for a teen who killed two men wants his client to receive the minimum sentence, but prosecutors are seeking the maximum — life without the chance of parole.

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The Walton County Chamber of Commerce hosted an online political forum last week for the city elections, with multiple races on the ballot represented.

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City Manager Adele Schirmer said she remains committed to Social Circle despite a vote not to allow her contract to roll over for another year.

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Police Chief Jeff Fuesting has resigned, and the Social Circle City Council voted Friday night not to allow the city manager’s contract to renew automatically.

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A Social Circle man was charged with aggravated assault and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon after an incident at a Covington store on Monday.

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The Social Circle City Council is expected to declare an emergency related to the coronavirus outbreak during a special called meeting Monday night.

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Newly appointed Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler stopped by Stanton Springs Industrial Park on Monday, her first trip to this region of Georgia.