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Walton County eVerify Number - 47785 – Effective 07/27/2007

Vietnam War Exhibit "I Did It For You" Closing Ceremony to be Held March 25 at 2 p.m.

Walton County is proud to host the George Walton Academy Vietnam War Exhibit "I Did It For You" at the Government Building in the 2nd floor lobby. The exhibit will be open daily through Friday, March 23, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

A special closing Honor Ceremony will take place on Sunday, March 25, at 2 p.m. Please stop by to see this amazing exhibit if you have the opportunity.

Walton County Trailblazer Judge Horace Johnson

During our bicentennial year, we are celebrating trailblazers in Walton County history!

Superior Court Judge Horace J. Johnson, Jr., is a trailblazer in the Alcovy Judicial Circuit. A native of Newton County and a Superior Court Judge since 2002, Judge Johnson is the first African-American Superior Court Judge in this Circuit, which serves both Newton and Walton Counties.

Judge Johnson holds an Associate of Arts degree from Emory’s Oxford College, a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Emory School of Business, and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Georgia. He was admitted to the Georgia Bar in 1982.

A graduate of Leadership Newton County, Leadership DeKalb County, and Leadership Georgia, Judge Johnson has been an outstanding and active leader, serving the community in numerous capacities, including as: 
• Past President, Arts Association of Newton County
• Board of Counselors Member, Oxford College of Emory University
• Board of Trustees Member, Leadership Georgia Foundation
• Board of Directors Member, United Bank, Covington Division
• Inaugural Advisory Board Member, J. W. Fanning Institute, University of Georgia
• Board of Directors Member, Washington Street Community Center
• Founding Board of Directors Member, Newton Mentoring, Inc.
• Life Member, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
• Member, Covington Kiwanis Club

His professional accomplishments include:
• Serving as Immediate Past President of the State of Georgia Council of Superior Court Judges
• Serving as a designated judge on the Georgia Supreme Court
• Presiding over a Parental Accountability Court addressing child support matters in both Newton and Walton Counties
• Presiding over a Veterans Treatment Court designed for veterans who face criminal charges as a result of substance and/or mental health issues

In recognition of his ongoing commitment to community service and his exceptional achievement, Judge Johnson was the recipient of the 2016 Robert O. Arnold Award presented by the Covington/Newton Chamber of Commerce. He also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the State Bar of Georgia’s Chief Justice Commission on Professionalism for his history of exemplary community service.

He and his wife Michelle have two sons. They are active members of their Church where Judge Johnson serves as Lay Leader and is an active participant in the music ministry.

Hard Labor Creek Reservoir Is Now Open for Fishing



Officials cut the ribbon to open the Hard Labor Creek Reservoir to the public on Friday, March 9, 2018, and boats lined up to enter the water as soon as the ceremony was over.

The reservoir, located at 310 Social Circle-Fairplay Road, will be open daily from dawn until dusk, and there is a per vehicle parking fee.

The parking fee structure is as follows:
$10 for a daily pass
$60 for a 2018 yearly pass for Walton and Oconee residents
$75 for a 2018 yearly pass for all others

Yearly parking passes may be purchased at the Walton County Water Department Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Daily parking passes may be purchased at a kiosk at the reservoir.

Click below to read the full rules and regulations in effect at the reservoir, and we hope to see you out on the lake soon!


Hard Labor Creek Reservoir Public Access/Fishing Regulations

Walton County Fire Rescue, EMS, and Sheriff’s Office and Walton County Schools Work Together To Keep Children Safe with Stop the Bleed Kits and Training

Representatives of Walton County Fire Rescue, EMS, and Sheriff's Office and Walton County Schools pose with certificate and stop the bleed trauma kit


School personnel have knowledge and supplies to respond to severe bleeding emergencies

Representatives from Walton County Fire Rescue, EMS, and Sheriff’s Office and Walton County School District Superintendent Nathan Franklin visited Sharon Elementary on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, to recognize the school for 100% participation of certified staff in Stop the Bleed training.

Walton Fire Rescue and EMS departments and the Walton County Sheriff’s Office have been working with the Walton County Board of Education to teach and implement the state-sponsored Stop the Bleed Program in all Walton County Public Schools. Once schools complete the training in bleeding control techniques, they receive Stop the Bleed kits containing supplies, including tourniquets, wound packing materials, and gloves, that can be used to treat severe bleeding in the minutes before help arrives. Additional training is scheduled for school bus drivers and Board of Education employees.

“Our personnel have done an outstanding job in the delivery of this class,” said Walton County Fire Chief Mike Moore. “This is an important class for teachers to have because they are in the best position to stop bleeding before we arrive, which will greatly increase that child’s chance to survive.”

“We are extremely grateful to Walton County’s Fire Rescue, EMS, and Sheriff’s Office for partnering with us to train staff members at all 15 of our schools and central office,” said Superintendent Nathan Franklin, Ed.D. “As student and staff safety is our top priority, we are always looking for ways to be proactive and prepared for all types of situations. While we are hopeful that our staff will never have to use these skills, we fully understand the importance of this type of training in today’s society.”

The Stop the Bleed program was developed by the American College of Surgeons and the Hartford Consensus, in response to mass casualty and active shooter events that have occurred across the country. Stop the Bleed trainings began in Georgia schools during the 2017-2018 school year. For more information on the Stop the Bleed initiative in Georgia, visit http://georgiatraumafoundation.org/stopthebleed.

Pictured (from left): Battalion Chief Ron Herren- Walton County Fire Rescue (WCFR); Captain Scott Whisnant- Walton County Sheriff’s Office; Captain Jack Armstrong- Monroe Fire Department; Captain Jeff Allen-WCFR; Dr. Nathan Franklin- Superintendent, Walton County School District (WCSD); Dr. Freda Doster- Principle, Sharon Elementary School, WCSD; Cheryl Tillman, R.N.-Lead Nurse, WCSD; Chief Mike Moore- WCFR; Assistant  Chief Kevin Haney- WCFR; Lt. John Webster-WCFR; Paramedic Jody Carter-Walton County EMS

Walton County Honors Commissioner Kirklyn Dixon

During Black History Month and our bicentennial year, Walton County Government would like to honor the inspiring African-American leaders that have helped shape Walton County.

Commissioner Dixon portrait

Commissioner Kirklyn Dixon

Kirklyn Dixon is the District 6 Commissioner for Walton County.

Commissioner Dixon was born in Dublin, Georgia, to the late Willie Ira and Lillian Dixon. He was raised in Wilkinson County and is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology and holds an MBA from Troy State University.

He moved to Walton County in 1991, and worked at Avondale Mills and Universal Rundle as an Industrial Engineer. He is currently the Quality & Environmental, Health and Safety Manager for ITW Labels in Bogart, Georgia.  He is a member of the Greater Atlanta Section of the American Society of Quality (ASQ).

Commissioner Dixon is a leader in the community. He serves on the board of directors for ACTION, Inc., and is active in Prince Hall Masonic Lodge Tuscan #38. He is a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Commissioner Dixon previously served as Chairman of the Walton County Board of Education and as Assistant Treasurer of the Monroe Voters League. He is a former Scout Master for a local Boy Scout Troop in Monroe and also served at one time on the board of directors for the Walton County chapter of the American Red Cross and was one of the founding board members of the Walton County Boys & Girls Club.

Commissioner Dixon lives in Monroe with his wife Denise. He attends Mt. Enon Baptist Church in Monroe, where he serves as Chairman of the Board of Deacons and as a Sunday school teacher.

Commissioner Dixon was appointed as District 6 Commissioner in 2008, and is currently serving his third term. He also served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Commissioners from 2012 through 2017.

Walton County Parks & Rec Spring Ball Opening Day Scheduled for March 10

Ten thousand visitors expected at Criswell, West Walton, South Walton, and Felker Parks

The Walton County Parks and Recreation Department’s Spring Ball Opening Day will take place Saturday, March 10, 2018.

Fifty-four baseball and softball games will be played at Criswell, West Walton, and South Walton Parks. Games start at 10 a.m. and will run until late afternoon. In addition, seventeen soccer games are scheduled to be played at Felker Park.

The Walton County BBQ Festival will also take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Opening Day at Criswell Park. This free event will feature food vendors and family activities.

“Recreation opening day in the spring is the most exciting day at the park,” says Jody Johnson, Director of Parks and Recreation. “It creates lifelong memories for every child that participates. It is not the wins and losses that matter or that are remembered, but the opportunity that we give each child to be cheered for and encouraged.”

An estimated 10,000 visitors are expected across the four parks.

For more information, call ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ 770-266-1680, or visit www.waltoncountyga.gov/departments/parks-recreation.

Walton County Honors Commissioner John Robinson

During Black History Month and our bicentennial year, Walton County Government would like to honor the inspiring African-American leaders that have helped shape Walton County.

photo of Commissioner John Robinson

Dr. John Calvin Robinson

April 18, 1950 - November 15, 2007

Dr. John Calvin Robinson was an outstanding African-American leader in Walton County, who served as a County Commissioner among his many achievements.

Dr. Robinson was born on April 18, 1950, in Newnan, Georgia. He married Joyce Brown, on December 30, 1972, and the couple had two children, Khalilah Tramaine and Denetra Elyse.

Dr. Robinson served in the United States Army from 1972-1975, and also served in the Georgia Army National Guard.

He received a Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education from Albany State University in 1972. He earned a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Northern Colorado in 1978, an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Lincoln Memorial University in 2002, and a Doctorate of Theology from Andersonville Baptist Seminary in 2002.

Dr. Robinson served for 33 years as a teacher and administrator in Walton County Public Schools and held the following positions:

• Teacher, Physical Education and Health, Loganville Middle School
• Assistant Principal, Carver Middle School
• Assistant Superintendent and Associate Superintendent, Board of Education

He served on numerous boards, including:

• Action Inc. Head Start
• Walton County Chapter of the America Red Cross
• Walton County Association of Educators
• Georgia Association of Facilities Administrators
• The Partnership

Dr. Robinson was active in both his community and in professional circles and was a member of:

• American Legion Post 531
• Tuscan Lodge No. 38 Free and Accepted Mason
• Georgia Association of Educators
• National Association of Educators

Dr. Robinson was recognized for his many contributions with numerous awards, including:

• NANCTS Award for Community Service
• Carver Junior High School Award to Children
• Georgia Association of Educators Outstanding Leadership Award
• Vocational Opportunities Club of America Service Award
• Georgia Army National Guard 178th MP Company Leadership Award
• Walton County Chapter of the American Red Cross Service Award
• Walton County Retired Teachers Association Leadership Award
• Martin Luther King, Jr., Achievement Award

Dr. Robinson was a member and Deacon of Good Hope Baptist Church.

He served on the Walton County Board of Commissioners as the District 6 Commissioner from 2000 until his death on November 15, 2007. He also served as Vice Chair of the Board of Commissioners, beginning on January 7, 2003.

Dr. Robinson was dedicated to ensuring efficient, responsive, and fiscally conservative county government and was known to all as a man of vision and integrity. His legacy lives on in the government he helped lead, and in the lives of the many children he taught and guided during his long and dedicated career in education.

District 1 Commissioner Tommy Stringer

All of us at Walton County Government are deeply saddened by the passing of Commissioner Stringer. He was a man of outstanding character, and his loss will be felt by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time.


Walton County Honors Commissioner P.C. Smith

BOC in front of Historic Walton County Courthouse

Commissioner P.C. Smith (far left)

April 18, 1930 - November 11, 2006

During Black History Month and our bicentennial year, Walton County Government would like to honor the outstanding African-American leaders that have helped shape Walton County.

Commissioner Paul C. Smith was Walton County’s first African-American commissioner.

Known as P.C., he was born on April 18, 1930, educated in the Walton County School system, and joined the U.S. Army, where he achieved the rank of Sergeant First Class and received numerous honors, including the Combat Infantry Badge, Good Conduct Medal, and Master Parachutist Badge.

While stationed at Fort Campbell in Kentucky, he met Flossie Tribune, and the two were married in 1957 in Clarksville, TN.

After leaving the military, Commissioner Smith began his 32-year career with DeKalb County, the last 21 of which he served as Personnel Manager of Field Operations. Upon retiring from DeKalb County, Commissioner Smith decided to enter the world of politics. He ran for and was elected to the Walton County Board of Commissioners in 1992. He took office on January 1, 1993, and served for eight years as the Walton County District 6 Commissioner. He also served as Vice Chair of the Board of Commissioners, beginning in 1997.

Commissioner Smith was a devoted family man and father to Paulette Ellis, Charles Smith, Kevin Smith, Markel Smith, Phyllis Terry, and Terry Malcom. He and Flossie were blessed with numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Commissioner Smith was active in the community and served in numerous capacities including:

  • Chairman of the Deacon Board, Tabernacle Baptist Church
  • Commander, American Legion Post #531
  • Service Officer, Walton County Veteran Council
  • Vice President, DeKalb County Federal Credit Union
  • Chaplin, 10th District Commander
  • Board Member, Headstart Planning Commission
  • Worshipful Master, Tuscan Lodge #38 and 32nd degree Mason

Commissioner Smith left a deep and lasting impression on all who knew him and a legacy of strong leadership and vision that continues to be felt in Walton County.

Pictured above (from left): Commissioners Paul C. “P.C.” Smith, Brad Brownlow, Norma Jo Billingsley, Rick Holder, Lee P. Malcolm, Gene Dally, Harry P. “Phil” Green.

Walton County Bicentennial Kickoff Celebration Launches Yearlong Celebration of Our Community


Bicentennial Flag Presented at Historic Walton County Courthouse


Walton County hosted its Bicentennial Kickoff Celebration on Tuesday, January 30, 2018, at the Walton County Historic Courthouse, located at 111 South Broad Street in Monroe.

The Bicentennial Kickoff Celebration began a yearlong series of events for the entire community in honor of the County’s 200th birthday in December. The program featured musical selections by the Walton Proud Chorus and the George Walton Academy Band. The Walton County JROTC led the pledge of allegiance. Students from Youth Leadership Walton presented historical information about the County and read proclamations in honor of the event.

The mayors of the cities of Between, Good Hope, Jersey, Loganville, Monroe, Social Circle, and Walnut Grove presented a new Walton County flag to Walton County Chairman Kevin Little and the Walton County Board of Commissioners. The new flag, which was commissioned in honor of the bicentennial, incorporates elements of the County’s current flag into an updated design. The flag was brought to Walton County from the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta and visited each of the County’s seven municipalities, where it was flown from each city’s flagpole, before continuing on to its destination of Monroe, the seat of Walton County.

“Walton County’s bicentennial year is a great opportunity for everyone in our County to come together to celebrate all that our community has to be proud of,” says Chairman Little. “We can use this milestone year as a time to reflect back on our rich history, as well as look forward to a very bright future.”

Upcoming bicentennial events include a Bicentennial Freedom Celebration on July 4, a Heritage Day Celebration at the William Harris Homestead in Campton on October 6, and a Veterans Day Tribute at the Walton County Government Building on November 12. The yearlong calendar of events will culminate with a 200th Jubilee Celebration and Christmas Open House at the Historic Courthouse on the anniversary of Walton County’s founding, December 15.

For more information about the Walton County Bicentennial, please visit the Walton County Bicentennial website at www.walton200.com.

Walton County Focuses on Emergency Preparedness

Representatives from Walton County agencies involved in emergency preparedness, including 911, Fire Rescue, Sheriff’s Office, Public Works, Facilities, Emergency Management, and Emergency Medical Services, took part in an exercise that simulated activation of Walton County’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) on Thursday, January 4, 2018. The EOC is activated in response to emergencies, including inclement weather events like Hurricane Irma or winter storms, which require a coordinated large-scale response.  This exercise was designed to establish procedures for EOC activation and interagency cooperation and to optimize 911 call response. The Walton County EOC is housed in the Walton County Fire Rescue Headquarters located at 1000 Heritage Parkway in Between.


Emergency Personnel at work in Emergency Operations Center

Walton County 2017 Annual Report Now Available

The Walton County 2017 Annual Report is now available! Click the image below to view a PDF of the Annual Report.


Walton County 2017 Annual Report

About Walton County

Walton County, forty-five miles east of Atlanta in Georgia's Piedmont region, is the state's forty-sixth county. Comprising 329 square miles, it was created by the Lottery Act of 1818 from land originally held by both the Cherokee and Creek Indians and was named for George Walton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and briefly a Georgia governor.

The county seat is Monroe, where the current county courthouse was opened in 2005.  The historic county courthouse (the third) was built in 1883; since that time the structure has undergone major restorations and additions. Walton County has been home to seven Georgia governors: James Boynton, Howell Cobb, Alfred Colquitt, Wilson Lumpkin, Henry McDaniel, Richard Russell, Jr. and Clifford Walker. Also from Walton County was Moina B. Michael, known as the "Poppy Lady." She developed the symbol of the red Flanders Field Poppy as a memorial emblem for the veterans of wars.



Walton County Government Weather Closing Protocol

In order to ensure the safety of employees and the public, Walton County Government may close government offices or buildings during extreme weather events. Certain essential government functions, including those performed by EMS, Fire Rescue, Public Works, and the Sheriff’s Office will continue to operate throughout an extreme weather event.

Click here to find out more about Walton County's Weather Closing Protocol.



Tax Assessor Reminds New Homeowners to File for Homestead Exemption

The Walton County Tax Assessor's Office wishes everyone a very Happy New Year and reminds new homeowners to start the year off right by remembering to file for your homestead exemption! If you are age 65 or over by January 1, 2018, you are also eligible to file for the school exemption. Once granted, the homestead exemption automatically renews each year, so you only need to file for it once. To receive your exemption on your 2018 tax bills, you must file in person by April 1st. For more information, please call 770-267-1352.


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