published Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Region Digest: 2 men arrested in auto break-ins

ATLANTA

Council to study Sunday sales vote

People who live in cities and counties all over Georgia will be voting soon on whether to allow the sale of alcohol on Sundays in retail stores, and Atlanta may decide to join them.

The Georgia Legislature voted this year to give local communities the option of allowing Sunday sales. Cities including Dalton, Fort Oglethorpe, Lilburn, Loganville and Peachtree City have decided to put the measure on ballots this fall.

The Atlanta City Council said Monday it will take public comment on the issue on Sept. 6 at a council meeting.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported seven council members are co-sponsoring the measure.

If the council approves, officials said the referendum will appear on the ballot Nov. 8.

College admission growing tougher

It’s getting tougher to get into Georgia’s top public colleges.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that this year’s freshmen at the University of Georgia, Georgia State University, Georgia Tech and Georgia College & State University broke records for SAT scores and GPAs. But the colleges aren’t admitting scores of new students, making admission to the campuses increasingly competitive.

That means other colleges, such as Georgia Southern University and Kennesaw State University, are seeing larger numbers of applicants than in the past.

Undergraduate enrollment in Georgia has skyrocketed in the last decade, growing by 77 percent from 1999 to 2009.

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WALKER COUNTY, Ga.

2 men arrested in auto break-ins

Two Walker County men have been arrested in connection with a string of vehicle break-ins around the Flintstone and Fairview areas and a woman is being sought as an accomplice, authorities said.

Phillip Knight, 20, and Jason Sanders, 28, both of Rossville, were arrested Sunday when a homeowner spotted the pair near the home, Sheriff Steve Wilson said in a news release.

Each man was charged with six counts of entering an auto, Wilson said.

Warrants were issued today for 25-year-old Emily Brooks, of Rossville, for six counts of entering an auto, he said. All three are scheduled to appear in Walker County Superior Court in November.

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DALTON, Ga.

Author to speak on taste of Italy

The Northwest Georgia Regional Library’s Davison Lecture Series will present author, chef and traveler Mark Leslie with a personal “taste” of Italy from inside an Italian family’s home on Sept. 13.

The talk will be at the Dalton-Whitfield Public Library, 310 Cappes St., Dalton, Ga.

A reception for the speaker sponsored by the Friends of the Dalton-Whitfield Public Library begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by the free program at 6:45 p.m.

For more information, call 706-876-1377.

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