Loganville judge swears in new councilmen

LOGANVILLE -- City court judge Brad Brownlow administered the oaths of office to three of Loganville's councilmen Thursday night.

Councilman Dan Curry, who won the seat formerly occupied by Pedro Vega, was sworn into office for his first term. Councilmen Wendell Geiger and Jerry Price were re-elected to their seats last November.

"Challenging times can lead to great ideas," Curry said of the task that lies ahead of him serving on city council. "I look forward to picking up where Pedro (Vega) left off. He's a great man."

State Rep. Melvin Everson was present Thursday to witness Curry's taking office and Vega's leaving office. Both men are friends of the former Snellville councilman.

Mayor Ray Nunley presented Vega with a plaque, expressing his appreciation for the former councilman's service and dedication to Loganville.

Price was also appointed vice mayor of Loganville.

"The vice mayor is only a heartbeat away from being your mayor," said Nunley. "It's a very important job."

City to return SPLOST funds to Walton County

City Manager Bob Jones on Thursday announced that Loganville must reimburse Walton County in the amount of $88,140.55 for what amounts to an overpayment of SPLOST funds by the county to the city. Once the reimbursement is made, Walton County can make the scheduled upcoming bond payment on time.

Jones explained that the overpayment resulted from the unforeseen downturn in the economy.