All-day concert planned for Winder pavilion

WINDER - The city of Winder is hosting a 12-hour concert on Aug. 18, the first event of this type and magnitude to be hosted by the city.

City staff, as part of a management class project through the University of Georgia, came up with the idea to serve as a feasibility study to answer the question: "Is there a need for a city amphitheater in Winder?"

"We're very excited about it," said city Finance Director Leslie Ginn.

There will be seven bands playing at the concert, three of them from the Athens area and four from Winder. The Lazy Daze Music Festival at the Trax, as the event has been named, is a joint effort between the city of Winder and Barrow County. For more information about the concert and the bands that will participate, visit the city web site, www.cityofwinder.com.

Granite Hotel should re-open January

The Granite Hotel renovation should be complete by January, according to City Administrator Bob Beck.

The hotel, originally slated to be demolished and replaced with a parking facility, is the oldest granite structure still standing in the state of Georgia. Public outcry halted the parking facility project, so restoration began under the guidance of an organization named Urban Solutions.

According to Beck, some concerns about the safety of the structure were alleviated when workers discovered that some of the interior walls of the hotel are made of granite, also. Urban Solutions estimates that the building will be ready for occupancy by January.

"There will be 60 rooms in the hotel," said Beck, who added that as soon as the staircase and lobby are structurally sound, some of the rooms will be available for public viewing. The first level of the hotel will house retail shops.

Police Department re-certified

The Winder Police Department has received its re-certification from the state. As a result, according to Police Chief Stanley Rodgers, the city will enjoy a decrease in the cost of its liability insurance.

The current certification is valid until 2010.