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County officials to study water needs


WINDER - Barrow County officials agreed they need to examine what water source to use down the road.

By 2030, when the population is expected to exceed 100,000 people, the county will need 20 million gallons of water per day, officials estimate. Today, the county only has about 11 million.

County commissioners agreed the water department should study its future water sources. Though they agreed to the study, there is not a cost estimate, and commissioners must approve any spending.

Former UGA employee accused of theft

ATHENS - A former University of Georgia New Media Institute employee turned himself in to the Clarke County Jail on Thursday on charges that he used an office account to buy $8,215.39 in videos.

On Wednesday, UGA police charged Marshall Hunt Akers, 36, with five felony counts each of theft, computer forgery and unauthorized use of a procurement card - a form of credit card employees use instead of cash to purchase supplies.

Mr. Akers allegedly used a supervisor's pass code to access a computer terminal at the New Media Institute and, between July 1, 2005, and May 31, 2006, purchased videos using the procurement card that was entrusted to him, according to arrest warrants.

Large trucks banned from certain areas

WINDER - Barrow County commissioners approved a handful of changes to the county's unified development code.

Commissioners agreed to ban trucks with more than four wheels, more than two axles or that weigh more than 1.5 tons from parking in any residential district. Leaders also decided to require residents to park RVs, campers and boats in an enclosed garage or carport in the back or side yard of a house.

City, power company agree to light plan

SAVANNAH - The Savannah City Council on Thursday got the opportunity to question Georgia Power officials about why, in council members' estimation, so many street lights are out.

The city pays Georgia Power $2.7 million a year to operate 18,000 street lights. Council members regularly complain to City Manager Michael Brown about lights being out around town.

At the end of a council workshop, Mr. Brown and Georgia Power officials agreed to figure out a plan by May 1 to more quickly identify and fix broken lights.

Craig Barrs, the vice president of Georgia Power's Coastal Region, said 65 percent of lights reported out were fixed within three business days before July; now more than 85 percent of lights are fixed within three calendar days.

- Edited from wire reports