Social Circle drops annexation
By Tara DeRock Mahoney
Senior Staff Writer
Social Circle city council members gave pause to every county commissioner within a hundred-mile radius in fall of 2006 when they annexed into the city land in unincorporated Newton County. Social Circle, of course, is in Walton County, and growing by moving into the next county gave many local elected officials agitas.
But on March 13, Social Circle council members reversed the 2006 action by voting to de-annex portions of the city in Newton County.
The original annexation was completed in response to petitioners in the area, contends the de-annexation ordinance that repeals the earlier annexation ordinance. The area was relinquished by Social Circle due to “legal issues involving the legal description of the property annexed which may have resulted in an incorrect legal description being used,” according to the consent order and judgement handed down on April 2 by the Superior Court of Newton County.