Local news round-up

Even though I haven’t had a lot of time to blog lately, here are some interesting notes and recent stories that have caught my eye over the last several days.

— State Rep. Steve Davis (R-McDonough), who has served in the legislature since 2005, tells me that he is running for re-election in the new HD-109, which includes small parts of Newton and Rockdale counties. Davis was my state representative before I moved to Newton in 2007. While I don’t always agree with him, you’ll have a hard time finding someone that works as hard as he does and listens to the concerns of constituents.

— The Newton County Board of Commissioners is reviewing a $44.9 million budget proposal for FY 2013 that will not require raising the millage rate and would also cut furlough days for county employees by a third. That’s good news, but not surprising in an election year.

– County Commissioner Tim Fleming (R) will not run for re-election in 2012. Fleming, who represents District 5, says that he wants to take a break from politics to spend more time with his family. Fleming has been a voice for taxpayers in recent budget fights. He will no doubt be missed.

— Newton County may soon have a referendum for voters on “alcohol by the drink.” The BOC hopes that the new policy, which isn’t great — though it’s better than nothing, will bring some chain restaurants into unincorporated areas of the county. Thanks to the current policy, restaurants that serve alcohol are confined to incorporated areas of the county, such as Covington and Porterdale.